Jackson Dixon-Galbreath was selected as a 2009 Washington Aerospace Scholar. Dixon-Galbreath, 16, is a junior at Lakes High School, but is also a member of Clover Park High School’s Air Force JROTC. Dixon-Galbreath is the son of Dennis Dixon and Holly Galbreath of Lakewood.
The Washington Aerospace Scholar program is for high school juniors from around the state and emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math and encourages students to consider careers in those fields.
During phase one of the program, Dixon-Galbreath will complete distance learning with a NASA-designed curriculum at home. The curriculum consists of 10 lessons and a final project. From there, Dixon-Galbreath will be eligible for the second phase-a six-day summer residency hosted by the Museum of Flight. Only the top 160 students from phase one will make it to phase two. The residency features hands-on engineering events related to the design of a human mission to Mars. Participants will be involved in a multitude of science-based activities with aerospace professionals and attend tours and field trips.
“I have always been interested in technology and recently developed a strong interest in planes,” said Dixon-Galbreath, who plans to attend a four year college and begin a career in technology or aerospace engineering. “As part of phase one, I am currently researching moon exploration and designing my own moon base using computer software. It’s really neat.”
In addition to Air Force JROTC, Dixon-Galbreath is an Ignite mentor and part of Lakes’ award-winning choir.
“This has been a great experience so far and I encourage other students to pursue acceptance next year-it just takes dedication and hard work.”