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Holly Scott and Ryan Boothe
Holly Scott and Ryan Boothe of Chugiak were engaged to be married on June 11, 2010. The couple met in the fourth grade at Birchwood ABC Elementary School. While living only one corner away from each other, they would ride their bikes and put letters in each other's mailboxes. They still have some of the letters that were written when they were younger. The couple dated during the summer after seventh grade; however, they only stayed friends through junior high, high school, and college by writing letters and chatting online. A year after college, after a close friend's funeral, they met for coffee. They began hanging out again and their friendship grew into love.
Scott is the daughter of Jim and Joyce Scott of Chugiak. She graduated from Chugiak High School in 2003. She attended Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash. and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education. Scott has been teaching second grade for four years, two of which were at Birchwood ABC Elementary, her own elementary school. She enjoys snowmachining, going to warm places, playing frisbee golf, and reading by a fire.
Boothe is the son of Michale Boothe and Genoa Sears of Chugiak and Christine Boothe of Anchorage. He graduated from Chugiak High School in 2003. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Boothe graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. He worked on the North Slope, using his geology skills, until realizing that teaching was his passion. He is now working toward his Masters in Teaching for the secondary level through the University of Alaska Anchorage. Boothe enjoys traveling, flying RC planes, snowmachining, bicycling, and hopes to one day rebuild a classic car.
Scott and Boothe have enjoyed camping throughout their relationship, especially looking at the stars on a clear night. Boothe decided to incorporate this into his proposal. He spelled out "Will you marry me?" on his living room ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stars. He turned off the lights and asked Scott to look up. After reading the glowing stars, and with tears in her eyes, she said, "Yes!"
The couple plans to wed on June 25, 2011, at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, March 17, 2011.