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Story Last modified at 10:17 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spotlight on Emily Geppert


Emily Geppert

Age: Senior at Chugiak High School

Hometown: Chugiak

In the Spotlight because: Geppert received the Mary and Paul Poetter Scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design. It is a full-tuition scholarship, valued at $30,000 annually and renewable until she completes her degree. The scholarship is only awarded to a few incoming freshmen.

Throughout high school, Geppert developed a passion for architecture. Over the past year, she has worked with Gordon Thompson of Cole & Thompson Architects, to learn more about the profession. This mentorship led to her choice of becoming an architect.

Geppert said attending the Savannah College of Art and Design has been a dream of hers since she was a sophomore, and she applied for the school even though she had little hope of affording the $30,000 tuition.

Her "prayers were answered," she said, when in mid-March, she received her acceptance letter and learned she had also received the scholarship.

"I am so grateful to the many people that have pushed me to be the best that I can be throughout the years," she said. "Through their dedication to me, I strove for excellence and was presented with the scholarship of my dreams."

Besides architecture, Geppert also is accomplished as a local and national champion equestrian and participated in the Chugiak High varsity cross-country ski team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Taking Environmental Action Club, and volunteers with Youth for Christ Campus Life club at Gruening Middle School.

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This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

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