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Janna Gurtler
Doyon Foundation student Janna Gurtler was the winner of the iPod shuffle, which was awarded to one lucky student who participated in the recent Doyon Foundation Alumni Association online survey.

Gurtler currently lives in North Carolina, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in communication, with a concentration in broadcasting, at Western Carolina University.

After graduating in August 2008, Gurtler said she hopes to land a successful job in television. To increase her opportunities for a good job, Gurtler is getting all the hands-on experience she can. For example, she is currently the news director of Western Carolina’s television station, TV62. She is also planning to do an internship this summer with a major TV network.

“The internship will show me what I’m really interested in, whether it be editing for news, news production, anchoring or directing,” she said.

Although Gurtler lives far from Alaska, she said Doyon, Limited and the Foundation are very important to her.

“It’s the only way I can learn about my heritage right now,” she said. “I’ve never been to Alaska, and being provided with the information that Doyon sends me is helpful in learning about my family history, so I can one day visit and learn more. Doyon is also important to me because the Foundation helps me continue my education.”

Gurtler is the daughter of John and Joan Gurtler of Franklin, N.C. Her paternal grandparents are Jack Gurtler of Hermiston, Ore. and Camille Simon of Silverdale, Wash. Her maternal grandparents are R.C. and Sybil Hammonds of Crossville, Ala.