The Breaking Traditions Award is awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech. Applicants must be involved in an area of study not typical to their gender. Navajo TSA has selected Alaina Bond to represent the local chapter for this award.
Alaina Bond, a senior in Navajo TSA, is not what one might think of as a typical student. Alaina joined TSA in the tenth grade after moving to Oklahoma with her family from the state of Washington. She is truly drawn to activities that involve a “hands on” approach and one that also stimulates creativity and provides thought provoking situations. Alaina is especially interested in the area of Construction Technology. These aspirations are the reasons she chose to enroll in a construction class that traditionally draws from a group of participants made up primarily of male students.
Alaina has received many awards through TSA on the local and state level. She also currently serves as Vice-President of the local chapter. She acts as the chairperson of all committee work pursued within the chapter. She has been instrumental in organizing the mini-conference that Navajo hosts at the Southwest Technology Center for area TSA Chapters. While focusing mainly on TSA, Alaina is involved in many other activities. She is a member of the Navajo Bowling Team, active in the choir program and a member of the Speech and Drama Organization.
After graduation, Alaina would like to attend the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, and possibly pursue a degree in nursing. Regardless, she knows the skills she has gained in the area of construction will serve her throughout her life. Alaina believes that gender should never be a factor in making an educational or career choice. Rather, individuals should pursue their passion, regardless of the status quo. If Alaina is selected for this award she will be recognized at the Oklahoma TSA State Conference, April 4-7 in Midwest City.