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Meeting: Thursday, August 14
Speaker: Shani Williams
Subject: 2014 EAA Air Academy Graduate
Hayward Airport - Executive Hangar 13
Refreshments & BBQ 5:30pm - 6:45pm / Meeting 7:00pm
Please join us on August 14th for a presentation by Shani Williams on her experiences at the 2014 EAA Air Academy, representing VAA Chapter 29.
Shani Williams is a sixteen-year-old high school student and is in the eleventh grade attending school in the Fremont Unified School District. Her family members are James (father), Debbie (mother), and Chloe Williams (sister). Her parents want Shani and her sister to devote themselves in continuous spiritual growth, academic achievements, and participation in extracurricular activities in preparation for college and beyond. Her drive to be a well-rounded person does not solely stem from her parents aspirations, but her aspirations as well. Presently, her goals are to go to college, earn her pilot’s license, and be active in her community.
Shani’s interest in aviation was sparked after her first air show at the age of three. The air show took place at Moffett Field where she watched the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds soar through the sky. As recounted by her parents, “All Shani could say was Airplane, Airplane, Airplane!” Now she says, “I want to fly an airplane and learn the science behind it.” Thirteen years later she has decided to start pursuing her dream in aeronautics to learn more about aircraft and to earn her pilot’s license by joining the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Although she enjoys aeronautics, she also enjoys other activities. In her first two years of high school she played on the junior varsity basketball team, and as a sophomore Shani was chosen as the captain of her team. Also, last summer she worked as a volunteer Leader-in-Training at a citywide summer camp, helping to supervise 30 children. There she learned how to lead and communicate to keep order and enjoyment among the kids. Recently, she has been chosen as a volunteer to work at Washington Hospital in Fremont. After high school Shani’s plans are to attend a college or university with a major in computer engineering and a minor in aeronautical engineering.