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Experimental Aircraft Association awards local students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association ( has provided more than $10,000 in grants and scholarships to applicants seeking to further their aviation education, practical skills and training.

Grants of $1,500 were awarded to: Zachary Andrews, a senior at Albuquerque Academy, who hopes to be accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy; CNM aviation maintenance technology student Nathan Mendoza; Ryan Moloney, a senior at the Southwest Secondary Learning Center, where is pursuing his private pilot’s certification; Nicholas Pashenkov, who is currently seeking his private pilot’s license and wants to be an international commercially certified pilot; and Kasia Segieda, who is seeking a degree in Aviation Management, and wants to be an aircraft dispatcher and instructor for the airlines.

The EAA also awarded two Advanced Air Academy scholarships that provide tuition and lodging for a weeklong camp in Oshkosh, Wisc., this summer.

The recipients were: Sam Baczkewicz and Larissa Stickney. Baczkewicz has built his own computing system so he can fly in simulation when he is not flying in real aircraft. Stickney is a student at Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science Academy, and has completed her ground school and started flight training for her private pilot’s certificate.

Tyler Ross, of Corrales, was named to the Dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2016 semester at Johns Hopkins University. To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits. Ross, who is majoring in public health studies, attended Bosque School in Albuquerque and will graduate in May 2019. She is the daughter of Duane and Barrie Ross.