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Janna Avner
Doyon shareholder Janna Avner, daughter of Correy and Janine Avner and granddaughter of Hugh and Mary Jane Fate, kicked off her college application process last summer at College Horizons, a five-day workshop to help Native American students prepare for college. There, college counselors and admission officers provided information on selecting colleges, completing applications, writing essays and understanding financial aid.

However, the most important part of the experience for Avner wasn’t connecting with colleges – it was connecting with the other students.

“It was important to meet with college representatives and start on applications. But the most important thing for me was meeting other Native American kids from all over the country. I learned about how our cultures were different, but how we’re still the same,” said Avner, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif., and returns with her family to subsistence fish on the Yukon River each summer.

Avner, a senior at The Archer School for Girls, highly encourages other students to look into attending College Horizons.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” she said.

For more information about College Horizons please visit their Web site at www.collegehorizons.com.