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Student participates in aviation challenge

Fort Zumwalt South Middle sixth-grader Devin Smith spent a week of his summer in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Aviation Challenge Mach 1 program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

The weeklong camp is a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience geared toward students interested in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. The team flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet, learned critical land and water survival skills and even mastered a few Top Gun flying maneuvers. At graduation, the crew was awarded the Green Flag Award for Best Drill and Cadence.

Smith, a Boy Scout and a Junior Explorer with the St. Louis Police Department Explorer program, hopes to one day serve in the U.S. Air Force. In Huntsville he served as his team’s Patrol Leader.


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