Colorado Technical University Online
Phase III Individual Project
June 6, 2011
Biographical Case study of Sarah Palin
Part A: Development
The person that I have chosen to be the subject of my analysis is Sarah Palin. The following paragraphs will include her background, education, her key experiences, career story, and her personal and family life and what made her famous. Sarah Palin was born as Sarah Louise Heath in February 11, 1964. She spent the first three months of her life in Sandpoint, Idaho and then moved to Alaska with her parents. Sarah’s father, Charles was a science teacher for a school in southeast Alaska. Her father was also a track coach. Sarah’s mother, Sally was the school’s secretary. Sarah graduated high school in the year of 1982. She then entered a pageant and won Miss Wasilla in 1984. Then she proceeded to be the runner up in the Miss Alaska contest. Earning her high school diploma was not the end of her education she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987. Sarah married her husband Todd in August of 1988. Together she helped run Todd’s parents fishing business. Sarah’s husband comes from a background of Yu’pik Eskimo. Sarah and Todd have a total of five children Bristol, Willow, Piper, Track and finally yet importantly Trig. Sarah decided that she wanted to join politics in 1992. She won a spot as a council member. It only took Sarah four years and she was then elected as the mayor of a town called Wasilla the town where Sarah grew up in. In 2003, the Governor of Alaska appointed Palin to the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s chair. Palin ran to be Governor of Alaska in 2006 and won. Sarah Palin was put down in the history books as the first woman to be Governor of Alaska. Palin’s hometown newspaper said that she is “the Joan of Arc of Alaska politics”. On August 29, 2008, John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his choice for his Vice President at a campaign rally in the town of Dayton Ohio. The following article was taken from an online website “McCain and Palin lost the 2008 presidential election, and Palin returned to her home state of Alaska to finish her term as governor. On July 3, 2009, Sarah Palin announced her resignation as governor, however, and fuelled speculation that she planned to run for president in 2012.” (Biography.com, 2010) Pain published her autobiography Going Rouge: An American Life in 2010. Palin is also associated with the Tea Party Movement.
Sarah Palin’s childhood was a very normal one. Sarah Palin was born as Sarah Louise Heath in the year 1964. She was born in Sandpoint, Idaho to two loving parents Charles and Sally. Sarah Palin only spent the first three months of her life in Sandpoint Then her parents decided to move to Wasilla, Alaska. Sarah was the third child out of the four children that Charles and Sally had. Sarah’s home where she was raised in was a wood framed house in Wasilla, Alaska. (Johnson, 2011)
Sarah Palin as a Child was like any other child she had a love for the outdoors and her parents did too. “Sarah made forts, took hikes and played basketball. Unlike other kids, she ran 5 and 10 K races with her parents throughout the summer and took week-long camping expeditions to Denali National Park that her father turned into outdoor classrooms.” (Johnson, 2011) “Swimming lessons in an Alaskan lake where the water was so cold that Sarah and her siblings had to warm up next to a beach campfire afterward” (Johnson, 2011). She loved to go fishing with her father when she was three years old. Sarah’s parents were very in love with one another and her parents were very loving to Sarah and her three siblings.
In adolescence, Palin spent a lot of time with her father Charles moose hunting before school and fishing. Growing up Sarah’s parents encouraged Sarah and her other siblings to have faith in god. Since Sarah’s parents were churchgoers...