May 2013 – West Michigan Airport Authority members congratulated Connor Bos and Matthew Ziegeler at the last Board meeting for their academic and athletic achievements and for their participation as youth representatives on the Board.
Being a youth representative on the WMAA Board has been a great experience for me. Having a father who works at JCI and who uses the airport every day, I found that the decisions the Board makes and discuss about the airport directly affect him and his company. I’ve learned a different side of aviation and the careful planning that goes into making sure planes land and take off safely with a reliable and updated ILS system and the importance of having a fully functioning airport.
A truly memorable experience in my life was when I had the opportunity to help cut the ribbon in the ceremony for the opening of the new tunnel. It was my birthday and they called out into the crowd for anyone with a birthday to come up and help. So, along with many important people in the community, I helped open a great addition to the airport!
I am really grateful to be named a recipient by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation (one of 50 across the nation) and have been selected one of the thirteen Class A winners of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete Award. I plan to attend Gardner-Webb University and will swim at the NCAA Division I level in the fall.
At my first meeting I remember everyone being so welcoming and amiable. I was interested in government, and being on the WMAA Board has given me an incredible, firsthand experience of how city government works.
Part of what I want to do in life is to serve my nation, and after receiving a nomination from Senator Stabenow and Congressman Huizenga and through the long application process, I have been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
I am incredibly grateful for my time on the Board, and look forward to moving on in life with the experience I have gained from maturing among such fine men and women.