Flying Scholarship at Santa Monica Airport

A flight training award for high school students age 15+. A Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) related effort.

 
 
 
 

Flying Scholarship Award Days' photos

 

April 2015 Award Day

"Samirah Zaina" Award

 

25 April 2015 - "Samirah Zaina" Award

Finalist, Winner: Helen Lu, 11th Grade - Santa Monica High School

Finalist, First Alternate - Karynn Adams, 10th grade - Venice High School

Finalist - Analisa Burns, 10th grade - Santa Monica High School

Finalist - Chloe Hallinan, 12th grade Archer School for Girls 

Finalist - Jennifer Solares, 11th grade, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet High School

 

2015 AWARD DAY PHOTOS

On Award day, all Finalists and their schools' teachers got a complimentary ride & lesson in the airplane.

ABOVE: Ayanna Pantallion, left (Samohi teacher), her daughter, and Finalist Analisa Burns (right)

 

ABOVE; Finalist Chloe Hallinan (Archer School senior) preparing for her flight with Matt Thurber (volunteer certified flight instructor)

 

ABOVE: Chloe Hallinan (Archer School) on her takeoff from runway 21 at Santa Monica Airport.  She is "almost" visible at the contorls in the left seat! (photo credit: Brendan Craig)

ABOVE: Finalist Karynn Adams, Venice HS Sophomore (left), her sister, and her Venice H.S. teacher Haygo Salibian after takeoff with volunteer pilot Christian Fry.

 

ABOVE: Finalist Analisa Burns (Samohi sophomore) getting ready for takeoff at Santa Monica Airport. (photo credit: Brendan Craig)


 

ABOVE: Finalist Analisa Burns (Samohi Sophomore), left, and her mother, Martha, airborne after takeoff, with volunteer pilot Christian Fry.


ABOVE:  Student Finalists honoring their school teachers with a symbolic gift of a book.  From left  Karynn Adams (Venice H.S. sophomore) and Haygo Salibian (Karynn’s  teacher).  Chloe Hallinan (Senior at Archer School for Girls) and Shane Berning (Archer School teacher), Helen Lu (Samohi junior and this year’s winner) and Kelly Okla (Samohi teacher).  (photo credit: Brendan Craig)


ABOVE: Some of the student Finalists, families, friends, guests, and the volunteer staff.  Award Day.  (photo credit: Brendan Craig)

 

 

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March 2014 Award Day

"Joe Justice" Award

22 March 2014 - Joe Justice Award

Winner: Claire Goldberg, 11th Grade - Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI)

First Alternate - Clara Glassman, 12th Grade - Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI)

Second Alternate - Kiana Saberi, 12th Grade - Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI)

Finalist - Gabriella Dyrek, 11th Grade - Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI), 

Finalist - Shelby Wolf, 10th Grade - Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI)

 

2014 AWARD DAY PHOTOS


Leila Taleghani (judge) confering the award certificat to Claire Goldberg (award recipient)

Leila Taleghani (scholarship judge, Archer School senior, and student pilot), confering award certificate to Claire Goldberg (Samohi award recipient).

 

 


From left: Leila  Taleghani (judge), Gabriella Dyrek (finalist), Claire Goldberg (award recipient), Kiana Saberi (finalist), Clara Glassman (finalist), Matt Thurber (judge)

From left: Leila Taleghani (judge), Gabriella Dyrek (finalist), Claire Goldberg (award recipient), Kiana Saberi (finalist),

              Clara Glassman (finalist), Matt Thurber, CFI (judge). Absent from picture is Shelby Wolf (Samohi sophomore and scholarhip finalist)


 

Samohi student finalists, advisor, parents, siblings, judges, award donor, scholarship volunteers

Samohi student finalists, school advisor, parents, siblings, judges, award donor, and scholarhip volunteers


 

 

On Award day, all finalists and their school advisor got a complimentary ride in the airplane.


Clara Grossman closing the door before start

 Clara Glassman (Samohi senior) closing the door before engine startup.

Clara Glassman on her approach to landing

Clara Glassman (Samohi senior) on her approach to landing.


Al Trundle, Samohi Advisor, getting ready for flight.

Al Trundle, Samohi Advisor, getting ready to fly.

 

 

 Kiana Saberi, Samohi senior and second alternate.

Kiana Saberi, Samohi senior, with her pilot's logbook before her flight.

 

 


Gabriella Dyrek

Gabriella Dyrek, Samohi junior and Scholarship finalist after her landing.