Dartmouth Undergrad will continue its career as a software developer

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Dartmouth Undergrad will continue its career as a software developer

A shareholder’s passion for creating technical tools for Yup’ik learners

story knifeMarch/April 2022 edition

Emily Cimiciaq Hopkinson, an Anchorage-born Calista shareholder with village ties to Hooper Bay, wants to pursue her passion for coding to provide study tools for Yup’ik learners of all ages. She is currently pursuing a degree in Modified Computing with Digital Arts from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“I was inspired by the article ‘Two Yup’ik engineers team up to create breakthrough Yugtun technology,'” Hopkinson says. “I would like to take this movement forward.”

She is set to graduate from Dartmouth in June, aiming to pursue a master’s degree in computer science at Dartmouth to gain more coding experience. After graduation, she plans to work in software development to code games and design digital art for online games and websites.

“I would love to work with my grandmother, who teaches Yup’ik in local schools, to create and post more Yup’ik tools online.” – Emily Cimiciaq Hopkinson, Calista shareholder and 2022 Dartmouth graduate

“I would love to bring more creative apps to the store in the years to come,” says Hopkinson. “I would love to work with my grandmother, who teaches Yup’ik in local schools, to create and post more Yup’ik tools online.”

Graduating from an Ivy League school isn’t just a walk in the park. Hopkinson is a recipient of a Calista Education and Culture, Inc. (CECI) scholarship. She says the scholarship alleviates some of the stress on campus and allows her to focus on her classes in a meaningful way.

“I’m in Dartmouth to make my family proud,” she said. “I would like to thank my mother, Marylu Williams, and my grandmother, Virginia May. They have shown me so much love and support, without which I would not be where I am today.

The mission of Calista Education & Culture, Inc. is to celebrate and promote Yuuyaraq, the traditional/cultural way of being in the Calista region that inspires and encourages our people to achieve their dreams through education.

Calista Education and Culture is hosting the 21st Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 29. The tournament raises scholarships for students with ties to the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta, just like Emilie!

The tournament is a chance to play golf for a good cause, with a $10,000 hole-in-one prize money!

Sign up to play or view referral opportunities by Friday, June 3 at CalistaEducation.org.

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