KLAMATH FALLS – Two Klamath Community College students were honored by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in April.
Brown recognized Jared Boyer and Jaebyn Drake at a luncheon for the 2017 All-Oregon Community College Academic Team at the Salem Convention Center in Salem.
Both Boyer and Drake are enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Drake did not attend the luncheon because he is deployed.
Boyer and Drake were nominated by KCC and then selected by the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) for the All-Oregon academic team. The team recognizes high achieving two-year college students who participate in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an honor society organization, and demonstrate academic excellence and leadership that extends their education beyond the classroom, according to the OCCA website.
“This recognition is well deserved for Jared and Jaebyn, who have shown tremendous dedication to their education and to their community,” said KCC President Roberto Gutierrez.
Boyer, 36, is an avionics intermediate journeyman technician at Kingsley Field. Boyer earned an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration-Management, and is now taking online classes at Eastern Oregon University through a KCC-EOU partnership called "Base to Bachelor’s." The program allows airmen to take EOU courses from anywhere in the world.
Boyer has donated more than 1,200 hours of community service to local organizations, such as Klamath Trail Alliance, 4H of Klamath, and Klamath-Lake CARES (Child Abuse Response Evaluations Services). He is also the director/creator of the Kingsley Field Duathlon, which has donated more than $10,000 to local charities of Klamath Falls.
Boyer said he hopes to continue being a leader for his community and family.
“I hope to make a positive impact through my efforts,” Boyer said in an email. “Part of my oath to the U.S. Air Force is to place ‘service before self,’ so I take that personally to do what I can, and represent the uniform proudly.”
Drake, 24, is stationed in Germany. He recently completed an Associate of Applied Science taking distance education courses and plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration and Investigations at Columbia Southern University.
Drake said he grew up in a large family where he learned the importance of volunteering, working hard, and giving back to the community. Over the years, he has participated in wildland firefighting, volunteer firefighting/EMT, and church activities. He hopes to one day become a fire department chief.
Drake was named Rookie of the Year and Airman of the Year in 2016.
Klamath Community College is an AA/EEO/VET/ADA Institution