Shareholder Spotlight: Cathryn Papasodora
Class C shareholder, Cathryn Papasodora, originally from Northway, Alaska, is the daughter of Melissa and John Papasodora. She is the granddaughter of Oscar and Helen Jimmie and Vito and Joyce Papasodora, and sister of Courtney Beeler, John Papasodora, Jr., James Papasodora and Tyler Papasodora.
A family friend nominated Papasodora for this shareholder spotlight because of her scholarly achievements and skill in the traditional value of hunting – or in her case, precision shooting.
Papasodora has a history of awards for her sharp-shooting skills. Her father shot for the University of Alaska Anchorage rifle team when in college. As a well-rounded student who took part in school athletics and afterschool clubs like art, orchestra and choir, Papasodora decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and pursue riflery at her high school in Eagle River. As a high school freshman, Papasodora started her career in precision shooting with a 97/100 target, meaning she missed just three bull’s-eyes out of 10. Within a year, she was named team co-captain and ranked fifth in her district’s regional championships.
“Where you are now does not determine what you will be, it is what you do that determines that,” Papasodora said. “So, work hard always and take pride in who you are. Be proud of your background and your roots and be true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to take a jump and do something new or something that is an amazing opportunity, even though it may be intimidating.”
In her senior year of high school, Papasodora was named the top shooter in the Anchorage School District. She received a scholarship to the University of Kentucky (which she had visited previously and fell in love with the campus) to compete nationally in precision shooting.
As an undeclared freshman who always had an interest in English, Papasodora’s freshman-year English and communications professors helped her choose to declare her integrated strategic communications (ISC) major in her sophomore year.
“One of the key elements of ISC is that it doesn’t just focus on one thing, it require[s] you to look at and understand all aspects of communication and utilize them together in the workplace,” noted Papasodora.
Papasodora’s parents have always been her No. 1 inspirations and set incredible examples as dual-working parents who always encouraged her to go after her dreams and supported her in any way that they could. Her coaches and teammates have also contributed to her success with their advice and experience.
“To be a Doyon shareholder means pride,” stated Papasodora. “Doyon is the largest Native corporation of Alaska and the clear, honest communication and support that it exhibits to its shareholders is an example for all corporations in the U.S. This can be shown through its steady growth of the corporation and the service that they provide to take care of shareholders, through means of scholarships and other programs.”
Currently, Papasodora is completing her sophomore year at the University of Kentucky and is a UK Wildcats rifle team member.