My name is Ariel Talen-Keller and I am the reigning Mrs. Alaska U.S. All World Beauties pageant winner. My platform is called ‘GirlsFlyToo’ – a project to encourage and educate women to be a part of aviation. I grew up on an airfield and my parents are pilots. My father is one of the few people in the nation that restores antique airplanes for a living. His passion and love for aviation inspired me to share that same passion. I attended flight school after college and as a pilot myself, I understand the importance of teaching and encouraging our youth to get involved in aviation.
My involvement with the Girl Scouts of Alaska has given me the opportunity to share my message at their Women of Science and Technology presentations throughout the state of Alaska. These presentations are geared to the troops statewide who visit a variety of interesting science, math, aviation, and technology presentations from industry professionals around the state. I had a great experience with the troops I presented to. They were full of great questions and wanted lots of pictures with me! I have another Women of Science presentation in March. I am very excited to have the opportunity to represent Alaska at the national pageant in June 2012.