Our monthly meeting on May 16th took place at the home of Carol Dustin. Dixie welcomed a special guest, Siri Johnson, recipient of the UDC Division of Arizona Scholarship. Read more about Siri below!
Back Row L-R: Mary Anne Hammond, Marian Hulka, Tracy Justinak, Pat Donaldson, and Barbara Brai.
Front Row L-R: Carol Dustin and Siri Johnson
Siri Johnson, daughter of Steven Johnson, just graduated from high school and was admitted into the School of Nursing at ASU Downtown Campus. She will spend 2 years with pre-requisites and then spend 2 years in the Nursing program; she may decide to specialize afterwards.
Siri was notified in April that she was the recipient of the $400 UDC Division of Arizona Scholarship. The Arizona Division recommended to General that she be given a scholarship. Her high school history teacher sent in a recommendation letter to the Division after being impressed with Siri’s passion for her ancestry. Siri spent one year with the Academic Decathlon®, with the subject, “The Civil War.” Her father’s family is from North and South Carolina where Siri grew up and the family returns each summer to visit friends and relatives. She knows her Southern Heritage and was able to debate and enlighten both teachers and students alike.
Siri was also the recipient of the Regents High Honors Endorsement Scholarship (AIMS) for ASU; not an easy accomplishment.
Her mother’s side of the family is Scandinavian. All her family, which includes her parents and 4 siblings speak fluent Swedish. Siri was in Sweden when she was 10 years old, and she and her father will be returning this year as her graduation present.
Siri started out playing soccer, but changed to Tae Kwon Do. Siri holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has her teaching credentials. She no longer teaches classes, but a younger sister is taking it up, and Siri tutors her at home.
During high school Siri worked as a Dental Assistant and also at Chick-fil-A, where she could stay true to her faith and not work on Sunday.
Siri plays the violin and has a lovely singing voice.
The only other thing to say about this wonderful young lady is, “Welcome to Dixie.”