Grapevine student SOARs during his summer vacation

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As students return for the new school year, incoming Grapevine High School senior Hunter Pitts is going to have a great story for his essay: “What I did for summer.”

Pitts was one of 30 students chosen from more than 100 to take part in Camp SOAR 2013 (Summer Opportunity in Aerospace Research) by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. This incredible camp offers students the opportunity to explore the field of aerospace engineering with an emphasis on either aeronautics or astronautics.

The final mission, the Systems Engineering Team Challenge, combined students from the aeronautics and astronautics tracks and required a launch of gliders, by way of powered rockets, designed and built by the students. The rockets then had to release the gliders after they reached maximum altitude burnout.

Once all was said and done (translated the rockets did their job perfectly) Pitts, who had been selected for the aeronautics track, was recognized as a member of the “Best Overall Team” at Camp SOAR. In other words, once the phrase “mission complete” was announced, Pitt’s team was able to say “mission accomplished!”

However, that wasn’t Pitts’ only accomplishment for the summer. Just a week prior, Pitts had been chosen to be one of only 40 students to participate in the SEE@ASU program, where he earned recognition in the team robotics challenge. This one-week program is a complete engineering immersion program for high school juniors and seniors hosted by the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Congratulations to you Mr. Pitts!

A Whimsical Evening

And readers, how was your summer spent this year?

Now that summer break is almost officially over and school is about to begin, so are the nonprofit fundraising events. North Texas SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Partners) would like you to mark Sept. 28 as busy.

This group would like to invite everyone out to “A Whimsical Evening,” held at the Hurst Conference Center at 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst. This evening of dining, dancing, auctions and raffle is slated to begin at 6 p.m. and the party goes until 11 p.m.

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at North Texas SNAP website, Click on “Details and Registration” located on the left side of the page. That will take you to the official page where you can click on the “Registration & Raffle tickets” tab located on the left.

Speaking of the raffle, North Texas SNAP is raffling off your choice of either a 16GB iPad or Weber grill. If you can’t make the event, be sure to go to the website and at least purchase a chance at either of these amazing items. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. You can choose which prize you wish purchase tickets for. Remember, you could win an iPad or grill for $20. Not bad at all!

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