Cochise Chapter Awards 2008 Scholarships

19 June: The Cochise Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) awarded $1,000 scholarships to three of this year’s Buena High School graduates at the Chapter Luncheon held at Thunder Mountain Activity Center (TMAC), Ft. Huachuca.

Historically, the chapter awards a single $1,000 annual scholarship, renewable for up to four years, provided the student maintains good grades in the field of engineering. This year, however, the three winners (the best of 27 competitors) are so outstanding,  there was no way to choose just one.

Declaring them this year’s “A Team," Mr. Lee Ilse, Chapter Scholarship Chairman, said each richly deserved the scholarship.

























































He included in this exhortation not only the Scholarship awardees, but another group of students in attendance — members of the Buena High School Nifty Engineering Robotics Design Squad (NERDS), whom he invited to address the audience.

Andrea Miller, a NERDS alumna, took the floor with her colleagues, possibly for the last time.

Kevin Forbes, NERDS, described their success in the 3 years since the group's inception, and thanked the Intelligence Electronic Warfare Test Directorate (IEWTD), Ft. Huachuca, and AOC, among others, for their technical and financial support.  The audience was treated to a video of Robotics competitions from years past and a chance to peruse the NERDS latest creation
a robot capable of work underwater.

We welcome the NERDS as Student AOC members, and look forward to great things from them and the 2008 Cochise Chapter AOC Scholarships winners!
Andrea Miller
Aaron Sindelar
2008 Scholarship Awardees

This year's recipients, future colleges, and fields of study are

• Andrea Miller (far right), Stanford University, Major: Aeronautical or Electrical Engineering.

• Arman Reyes (far left), University of Arizona, Major:  Computer Science Management.

• Aaron Sindelar (second from left), Northern Arizona University,  Major(s): double Engineering Degrees
Arman Reyes

Mr. Kevin Peterson COL, USA(Ret), Chapter President, was the luncheon’s keynote speaker.


Mr. Peterson pointed out that it is the thinkers of the world, many of them engineers, who help power society. As an example, he cited the Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer Archimedes, who, having solved a complex problem through his observations of water displacement while taking a bath, shouted “Eureka!” (“I have found it!”), leapt from his tub, and ran naked through the streets of Syracuse, celebrating his discovery.

It is those possessed of such passion and intellectual ferment that drive innovation and make life better, he added.

Mr. Peterson challenged the young people to advance the work of preceding generations, finding solutions to as yet unsolved problems and making their own indelible mark on the world.
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