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Misty Nelson
Misty Nelson’s favorite book is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss – and the Doyon Foundation student is clearly going great places herself.

Nelson, who was born and raised in Anchorage, is currently attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. After graduating in May 2008, Nelson plans to teach for several years before returning to school to earn a master’s degree in special education.

In addition to her studies, Nelson is currently an intern at Wonder Park Elementary school in Anchorage. She is also active with the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the National Honor Society, and works as a nanny for families with young children.

Nelson, who said she is very thankful for the financial support she has received from the Foundation, shared some words of advice for younger students.

“No matter what walk of life you have come from you, you can succeed,” she said. “There is someone who is in your life, or has been, who sees so much potential in you and they want to see you reach for the stars and never lose hope. Times can be tough, but those moments are the ones that shape you and make you stronger.”

Nelson is the daughter of Richard and Debbie Irwin, and the late David Henry Nelson, and the granddaughter of Rose and Bud Irwin, and Marlene Benedict.