Shareholder Spotlight: RAHI Graduate Audrey Ekada
Doyon, Limited shareholder Audrey Ekada of Girdwood is the daughter of Henry Ekada, Jr. of Nulato and Patricia Ekada of Grayling. Her grandparents are Patricia Ekada and the late Henry Ekada, Sr. and Hugh Brodigan and the late Della Brodigan.
Ekada graduated with honors from Nenana High School in May, and was accepted into the National Honors Society. After graduation, she was accepted into the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI). RAHI was founded in 1983 at the request of the Alaska Federation of Natives, with the intent to prepare rural and Alaska Native students for academic excellence and college success. Over 1,500 students have attended RAHI since its inception in 1983.
During her six weeks at RAHI, Ekada immersed herself in the university experience. Ekada, along with her RAHI colleagues, learned firsthand what it takes to succeed by taking college-level courses while learning study skills and time management. She graduated with honors from RAHI on June 9, 2015.
Ekada is currently enjoying the rest of the summer with her family. In the fall, she will move to Durango, Colorado, where she has been accepted into Fort Lewis College and plans to study business.
“Her father and I are very proud of her,” said Ekada’s mother about her accomplishments. “She has worked very hard to be where she is now. She set goals for herself and through hard work she has reached those goals.”