Don and Tookie Hensley Memorial Race
In January 2015, I had the privilege of meeting Don and Tookie Hensley. At the time, I didn’t realize how they would impact my life in such a positive way. A few months after our first introduction, I went on my first introduction flight with a different CFI. I had been flying before, but not with an instructor. I was hooked, and now I needed a logbook. Unbeknown to me at the time, Tookie gave the instructor a logbook to log my first lesson in. I was so excited when he pulled out a logbook and showed me that I had 0.5 flight hours to my name. I was only 15 years old at the time, and was a little too young to start flight lessons. Fast forward to September 2015, a few days before my 16th birthday. I dusted off my logbook, and my mother drove me to the airport to take my first official flight lesson, since I was too young to drive myself there! I continued to take flight lessons, enjoying every opportunity to escape the bounds of the earth. Although I never had the opportunity to take a flight lesson with Tookie, I got to know her during multiple Rio Colorado 99’s outings and when hanging out at her hangar. She always had a compliment to give, and a positive word to say. I found out after her passing that she had given me my logbook. It is great that I can remember her in every page of my first logbook, and that my first solo was in her Cessna 172 on May 26th, 2016. My flight training continued throughout 2016, and at the end of the year, I was informed that I was a candidate for the Don and Tookie Hensley Memorial Scholarship. On January 10th, 2017, I was honored to be awarded a $1,500 scholarship in their honor. The scholarship helped pay the remaining expenses of my training, and for my checkride, which I took and passed on January 28th, 2017! I certainly wish that Don and Tookie could have been there to watch me be awarded my PPL, but they were in everyone’s thoughts that day, and we all knew they would be proud.
1st recipient of the
Hensley Memorial Scholarship
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Nov 9-12, 2017