Growing up with an older brother on the Autism Spectrum, Autumn Pepper's outlook on life has been anything but ordinary. As early as three years old, Pepper had a keen understanding and bond with any special needs child she met. She has continued those compassionate characteristics and has volunteered for a number of organizations across Southwest Florida as age allowed.
In addition to being an A student, Pepper runs Cross Country, plays French Horn, and is involved in school and community theater. She volunteers in the Kids Program at her church, is an active Girl Scout and a Cadet Airman in the Civil Air Patrol. She has also been involved in competitive cheer and dance. She is comfortable behind the scenes, performing for a crowd and is a natural public speaker. She is an avid reader, loves Minecraft, all things Harry Potter, and aviation themed games.
Pepper has earned a leadership scholarship to Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Though not Top Gun, Autumn Pepper did return home with the highly sought after Right Stuff Award and Scholarship Foundation Recipient Award. The following year she earned her second Right Stuff Award while attending Space Camp. Pepper earned a scholarship to a week at Destination Aviation through her local EAA66 Chapter and is willing to fly whenever the opportunity occurs.
This past year, Autumn was the middle school division winner at the Thomas Edison Regional Inventor's Fair with her Aeronautical Safety Module Invention, also earning the James and Eleanor Newton Scholarship valued at $4000.
This fall, she will serve as part of the National Media Team at the Girl Scout 2017 G.I.R.L. Convention.
Pepper has sky high dreams of being accepted to the United States Air Force Academy and earn a degree in aeronautical engineering. She hopes to go on to serve in the Air Force as a test pilot, and attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her ultimate dream is to work as NASA and pilot one of the future shuttles to Mars!!