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Alumni Spotlight: Dana Nelson

Dana was one of the very first students to register for the Cottonwood Institute’s core educational program called the Community Adventure Program at New Vista High School when the program first launched during the 2003 – 2004 school year.

Q: What are you up to these days?

A: Well I’m a recent graduate from the University of Northern Colorado and now I’m currently working for Royal Caribbean as the Head Sound and Light Technician in the theatre on the Grandeur of the Seas production.  I’m actually writing this from the middle of the Caribbean!

Q: What is your favorite Cottonwood Institute memory or story from your course?

A: I think my favorite memory is from a camping trip I went on with Ford Church and a bunch of other students from New Vista High School.  Ford will remember this I think, but I was the first one to make friction fire with a bow drill fire kit.  I was so excited when I did it!  I felt truly human in that moment of discovery.

Q: What environmental issue are you most passionate about?

A: I’m most interested in the idea of clean cheap energy for everyone.  I’m always researching whats new in wind energy, wave energy, and all sorts of alternative fuels and ideas.  Considering that our consumption of energy is what drives us as a race, and our highly destructive ways of producing it, I think that its extremely important we find solutions to our energy problems.


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One Response to “Alumni Spotlight: Dana Nelson”

  1. Coral

    Dana! I am so glad to hear things hae worked out so well for you! I remember trying to make fire and I could not do it. I wanted so bad to cheat and use my lighter after you did it. keep up the good work.


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