“It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.” – Dean Davis
Jackson Dowell thinks that’s pretty good advice. The laid-back humor fits the Vail Mountain senior’s personality, but doesn’t fit into the personal goals he has for the near future.
This time next year, Dowell plans to be finishing up his freshman year in the chemical engineering program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Dowell is a well-rounded student, with a variety of talents. Teachers describe him as diligent, technical and creative.
Since December, Dowell has worked on the technical staff at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, and is considered the “tech guy” for VMS presentations. “He is our ‘go to’ person for technology – running lights, microphones and laptop projectors,” says teacher Michael Morris of Dowell.
Tech theater is on Dowell’s list of passions, which also includes performing onstage, soccer, writing and spending time with friends. Morris says that after stumbling through his first audition, Dowell became a leading man in school and valley-wide dramatic productions. “He knows many of Romeo’s most romantic lines,” Morris says.
Dowell has lived in the valley his entire 18 years, and also enjoys creative writing. “I am writing a 75-page sci-fi novella. The plot revolves around a resurfacing of a more deadly version of SARS that quickly becomes a large-scale pandemic,” explains Dowell. “One of my characters is infected with the virus and is ‘quarantined’ from the rest of society, and the other is a doctor charged with monitoring an entire community to ensure their safety.” The novella is the focus of Dowell’s senior project.
But with Dowell, the creativity stops at the kitchen door. “My parents own a restaurant, so I’ve never had the need to learn how to cook… until now… college…uh oh,” jokes Dowell. Parents David and Nancy own the popular, award-winning Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek. But for next year, he should be fine ” Cornell University serves dorm food to its freshmen.