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12 " SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 ducaJon THE COLUMBIA STAR * SC author Young Eagles flying high Academy Fc,r Civic Engagement earns By lackiePerrone "superior ranking at national conference It may not take but one Contributed by S.C. Bar John Dwyer, Elij ah policy, and an action plan. trip in an airplane to become .... ' ........... Efibfl'k, Katlidfiiiht7 ' The portfolios are judged hooked on flying. That's what Students from The Kristina Grant, Justin on their persuasiveness, the sponsors of Young Eagles Academy for Civic Engage- Green, Jekima Hibbert, practicality, coordination, believe, and they back up merit at Lonnie B. Nelson Taelore Hicks, Caleb Hugh- and reflection. their conviction with action. Elementary School earned es, William Jacobs, Semaj Project Citizen can be As a consequence, hundreds a "superior" ranking at the Kelly, Fauzan Khan, Njeri taught in all subjects in of youngsters in the Mid- National Conference of McDaniels, Justin Owen, upper elementary through lands have had the thrill of a State Legislatures July Taylor Ramsue, La-Joye grade 12 to include cam- trip in a private plane. 20-24 in Philadelphia. The Whafley, and Devin Wood. munity groups and after At Jim Hamilton Owens team advanced to the con- Teacher coaches were school programs. Project Field, local pilots share their ference after winning the Courtney Long and Dawn Citizen implementation is love of aviation by offering, S.C. Bar 2009 Project Citi- Smith. supported through a grant once every month, anoppor- zen Showcase in April for Project Citizen en- from the Center for Civic trinity for boys and girls ages its proposal, "Styrofoam is courages students to Education and adminis- 9 to 17 a flee half-hour flight Willis "Trip" Gregory with a group of Whack, Plastic is Back," research a public policy tered by the S.C. Bar Law over the Midlands of South which addressed discon- they believe should be Related Education Divi- Carolin Young Eagles tinuing use of styrofoam revised or created. By sion. "Trip" Gregory has been lunch trays and instead doing so, students learn Teachers interested in involved with Young Eagles He describes the Young ride over town. using existing plastic what it means to be effec- implementing Project Citi- since 2005. He's seen the Eagles routine (whichis any- Young Eagles has been reusable lunch trays to tive citizens and are zen for free with free sets excitement in the eyes of the thing but routine for active since1992. Headquar- reduce waste in landfills, inspiredto make changes of classroom materials and yotmgsters he takes aloft, novices): each student tered in Oshkosh WI, it set a This was the first year in their communities, free trainings should con- "There's nothing like fly- accompanies the pilot on a goal of flying one million that The Academy for Civic At the state level, cam: tact the S.C. Bar Law Relat- ing over Columbia with a 10-minute pre--ttight walka- children in time for the 2003 Engagement participated peting schools prepare for ed Education Division at youngster who has never round, checking all the safety anniversary of flight. That in the Project Citizen State the showcase by holding 252-5139 or lre@scbar.org. been in a plane before," he and mechanical functions goal was achieved on sched- Showcase, and the school hearings during which stu- The Bar's Law Related says. "Many of these children for security; during the flight, ule; currently, 1.4 million is only the second school dents present their policy Education (LRE) Division, would never have a chance the front-seat passenger gets Young Eagles have been reg- in the state to ever receive proposals. One class from which was developed to to fly without the Young a hands-on experience with istered. The new goal: to a"Superior" ranking. Stu- each school then enters a improve 'the ability of Eagles program. It's a thrill the controls, a few brief introduce 100,000 children to dents participating include portfolio in the showcase teachers to instruct law for them and for the pilots moments in charge; after the aviation eachyear. YeJi Bang, Houston Ben- that includes an identified related education, has also." flight, a computer simulation Ran Shelton is co-ordi- ne-tt, Ryan Cain, Ainsley problem, three proposed been a part of the Bar since Willis "Trip" Gregory on a laptop earns theyouth a nator of the local Young Cherubin, Mark Duroux, alternative policies, a class 1976. served in the Air Force dur- certificate along with his Eagles chapter. He can be hag the Viet Nam era,Heand in undyingair travel.memry of his first morereachedinformationat 609-1115.fromFOr take part in -- mpetitio Air Traffic Control. has High school students invited to been piloting a private plane Parents are welcome in h e a d q u a r t e r s, v i s i t nalaonal co n since 2001, and involved the program along with their www.youngeagles.org or call with Young Eagles since children, and if time and tol14ree877-806-8902. Contributed by the South room to schoolwide con- 2005. space permit, they too get a CarolinaArts Commission tests to compete in one of three regional competi- The South Carolina tions: Lowcountry, Mid- "0000alk in Your Child's Shoes" Ten Richland One students named arts commission, part- lands, or Upstate. simulation event National Merit semi-finalists nership with the National Finalists will advance Endowment for the Arts to the state competition on and the Poetry Foundation, March 20, 2010. The state Contributed by event for parents, educa- Contributed by in the spring, invites South Carolina high champion will receive Sandills School tars, and other interested Richland One Schools Semi-finalists are schools to take part in the $200, a $500 stipend for the participants to understand "Poetry Out Loud: National purchase of poetry books In recognition of what the dyslexic child You could call them a A.C. FloraHigh School Recitation Contest" during for their school library, and Dyslexia Awareness goes through on a daily perfect 10. That's the num- Meredith P. Nix the 2009-2010 school year. an all-expense paid trip to Month, Sandhills School's basis, ber of Richland One sen- Scan C. Soni High schools can sign up Washington, D.C., to cam- Outreach Program is host- The simulation work- iors named as semi-final- .WilliamW. Stinnette by contacting Frances pete in the NEA's Poetry ing "Walk in Your Child's shop will begin at 6:30 pm ists in the 2010 National Mackenzie A. Sunday Kablick by email at fmk- Out Loud National Finals Shoes: What it's Like to be at Sandhills School, 1500 Merit Scholarship Pro- Alexandra C.VanDine ablick@arts.sc.gov, or call onApril 24-25. A runner up Dyslexic" Tuesday, October Hallbrook Drive. Space is gram. which awards col-. (803) 734-8639 by October will also receive $100 and 13. limited, so please reserve a lege scholarships to aca- Dreher High School 1. his library will receive a This simulation work- spot by contacting Sand- demically gifted students. Caroline E. Cross Starting in November, $200 poetry book stipend. shop will provide partici- hills at info@sandhillss- Only one percent of oAllisonM. Day students across the state The national champion will pants with the opportunity chool.org or 695-1400. This U.S. high school seniors Thomas C. Robinson will begin selecting, memo- receive $20,000 and a $500 to get a glimpse into the event is free and open to qualify as National Merit Stuart B. Teal rizing, and reciting their stipend for the purchase of dyslexic child's struggles, the public, semifinalists. Scholarship Alexander H.Yogodzinski favorite poems. Students poetry books for his school This is a great educational winners will be announced will progress from class- library.