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Local JROTC cadets to attend Navy program

Local JROTC cadets to attend Navy program

Three lucky cadets from the South Lafourche US Army JROTC, will be treated to a rare educational opportunity this summer, at the National Flight Academy, located on Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL, home of the world famous, US Navy Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Team.

On Sunday, May 31, Cadet Major Andree Champagne, Cadet Captain Kimberly Perez, Cadet Captain Kenneth Gordon, will be checking into the virtual US Naval Attack Carrier Trainer, CVT-11 Ambition, located adjacent to the National Naval Aviation History Museum, NAS, Pensacola, FL, to attend one of the most impressive STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) in the nation today. The scholarships for the tuition were awarded to the unit, courtesy of the Blackhawk Flight Foundation, & it's Executive Director, B.J. Perrett, a 1967 South Lafourche alumni.

The program is an immersive, 6-day, once-in-a-lifetime adventure, which utilizes an aviation theme, tore­ enforce the basics of STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) education. In addition to STEM learning objectives, the program includes instruction in real world life management skills, critical thinking, problem solving, team work, communication, & leadership skills. Beyond the valuable involvement in STEM education, students also going in planning, chaos management and asset awareness. Since it's May, 2012 commissioning, CVT-11 Ambition has hosted over 2,600 cadets, from 44 states, and 7 foreign countries. Over the past 4 years, more than 120 of them have attended due to the dedicated efforts of the Blackhawk Flight Foundation and it's partners, the National Flight Academy & Experimental Aircraft Association.

Participants in the program live aboard the virtual aircraft carrier, CVT-11 Ambition, where they experience an aviation-based adventure that is revolutionizing STEM education. It starts with an immersive, aviation-based story that weaves STEM learning objectives developed with the University of West Florida with important 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication. It all leads to an unparalleled learning experience for our leaders of tomorrow. The National Flight Academy is located next to the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola. The NFA, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Government.

In addition to JROTC units (all services), applicants are also chosen from children of Military & law Enforcement personnel, killed or disabled in the line of duty; financially & socially disadvantaged young Americans in need of educational or career guidance; US Naval Sea Cadet Corps I Young Marine Aviation Cadet Program; Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagle Program; New Orleans Military & Maritime Association; Eagle Scout Aviation Merit Badge Program; & the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

The value of the 6-day long program is $1,250 per student, all of which is sponsored by the Blackhawk Flight Foundation & it's partnership alliance.

For information on the NFA CVT-11 Ambition STEM Program & Blackhawk Flight Foundation Scholarship Program support, contact them at Blackhawk Flight Foundation, Inc., 300 Oak Island Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448. 985-789-2746 Business Cell - ET12@charter.net