Tue, Jul 03, 2007
Matthew Gonitzke Took First Flying Lesson At 12
The General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has selected Matthew Gonitzke as
the recipient of the 2007 Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation
Excellence” scholarship. Gonitzke (right) recently
graduated with honors from Winnebago High School in Winnebago,
GAMA tells ANN Gonitzke took his first flying lesson at age 12
and has met every aviation goal he has set for himself since that
point, including soloing at 16 and receiving his private pilot
license at 17 years of age.
Even though his love of flying has always been evident,
Gonitzke's real passion lies in engineering and design.
He was a founding member of the school’s robotics team,
which advanced to national competition this year, and took first in
the engineering graphics competition at the state Worldwide Youth
in Science and Engineering competition.
Throughout high school, Gonitzke maintained a solid scholastic
record while being involved in an array of extracurricular
activities. He participated in several bands during high school and
was a leader in his church and community, according to GAMA.
Gonitzke will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in
Daytona Beach, FL in the fall of 2007 as an aerospace engineering
student. Although he plans to make a career out of designing and
building airplanes, he also has aspirations of becoming a certified
aircraft mechanic in the near future.
Each year, the "Aviation Excellence" scholarship honors a top
high school student who has been accepted to a college’s or
university’s aviation degree program. The award honors Edward
W. Stimpson, past president of GAMA and longtime supporter of
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