GHS students will attend honors camp
By SCOTT POWELLLedger Staff Writer
Gaffney High Air Force Junior ROTC cadets Derick Burgin and Josh Byars have been selected to attend an aerospace and technology honors camp this summer.
They will spend a week at Georgia Tech University and Warner Robbins Air Force Base in July learning about education opportunities and careers involving aerospace technology. They are among only 500 JROTC students, out of 100,000 worldwide, selected for the 10 honor camps the Air Force will hold nationally this summer.
“I’m very excited. I am thinking about becoming an engineer, but I’m not exactly sure this is what I want to do yet,” Byars said. “This camp will give me a chance to learn about different aerospace careers and help me decide what area I want to enter.”
JROTC units were allowed to nominate up to five cadets from their unit. A total of 50 cadets were selected for each camp.
The Air Force selected students based on academics, math and science knowledge, leadership ability and demonstrated interest in pursuing a technical and aerospace-related career.
The aerospace and technology honors camp provides students with a hands-on curriculum featuring visits to college campuses, air and space operational units, research labs, historical sites, and aerospace industries. The Air Force is paying the cost for JROTC cadets to participate in the camp.
The Air Force held six honors camps this past summer to provide top JROTC cadets with an opportunity to receive more exposure to aerospace technology and careers available in the military branch. Due to the overwhelming success of those camps, the Air Force approved ten aerospace and technology honor camps for 2005.
“We congratulate Derick Burgin and Josh Byars for being selected for this very special opportunity and wish them good luck at the camp,” Gaffney High Principal Dr. Quincie Moore said.