Newlyweds Emma and Drew Chambers just celebrated their first anniversary and a busy first year it has been — with much of that time living apart.
“We were married Aug. 10, 2012 at Dry Gulch in Breckenridge, and we call Summit County home,” the couple says.
Emma’s parents, Betty and Mike Koenig live in Silverthorne. Her aunt and uncle are Pat and Dale Butler of Frisco.
Both kids are working on their master’s degrees at the same school, but those studies have Emma in Central America and Drew all over the place.
Their stories go like this:
Emma graduated from Summit High in 2007 and then earned her bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is currently working on her master’s from University of Alabama in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology and will graduate in May 2014.
“My focus is Maya — not Mayan! — archaeology, and I have been conducting fieldwork in Belize, Central America, since 2009, mostly at the minor site of Aguacate Uno, but also at the site of Actuncan in the Belize River Valley,” says Emma.
Her master’s thesis will compare ritual termination deposits during the time of Aguacate Uno’s abandonment, which occurred around the same time as the famed “collapse” of the Maya.
“I like taking goals one step at a time, so as of now my focus is to finish my master’s thesis in time for May graduation from ‘Bama. I am still unsure if I want to pursue a Ph.D. Once I graduate I hope to get a job as an archaeologist with the federal government or a private cultural resource management firm. Of course I want to continue as much work as possible in Belize.”
“As any Summit local, I love skiing and hiking and Drew has sparked new interests in surfing and mountain biking,” says Emma.
Drew is from Virginia.
“I was born in Blacksburg, Va., grew up in Manassas, and moved to Summit County after high school to pursue a snowboarding career,” he says.
Like Emma, he graduated from CU-Boulder, but with a bachelor’s in kinesiology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and is currently getting his master’s in physician assistant (PA) studies with an emphasis on surgery and will be graduating in mid-December from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, one of two surgical PA programs in the nation.
“I chose the PA profession after working with Avalanche PT and Vail/Summit Orthopaedics as the Summit High School athletic trainer for many years,” says Drew. “As much as I loved and miss teaching and working with the young adults, it was time to challenge myself and move on to the next step.”
His goal is to work in orthopaedics or emergency medicine — for now.
“The majority of my internships are at multiple hospitals in and around Birmingham. I also had an ortho rotation with Vail/ Summit Ortho in Frisco, a rural medicine rotation in Sheridan, Mont., and cardiovascular surgery in Tampa, Fla.,” Drew says.
After that stint in Montana, Drew admits:
“My goal might have changed: After this rural medicine rotation, it has moved up on the list. So, it might go — rural medicine, emergency medicine and orthopaedics.”
A competitive snowboarder for years in Boardercross, now Drew just waits for the good snow.
“I love to mountain bike, surf and hike,” he notes. “I’ve hiked 35 of Colorado’s 14-ers.”
So what’s next in the Emma and Drew lifetrek?
“Truly, the possibilities for us are endless. We definitely want to move back West and we look forward to getting back into an outdoor lifestyle. We especially look forward to having more time together since our first year of marriage was spent dedicated to graduate school. We will begin the transition to true married life when we go on our honeymoon this December to Costa Rica with some much needed sun and surf.”
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org