Newport News Public Schools – Update September 2021

STEM scholarship awarded by “Human Computer”

Dr. Christine Mann Darden (right) presented a scholarship created in her name to Morgan Danielle Moore.

In a July ceremony, Dr. Christine Mann Darden, one of NASA’s “human computers” and a “hidden figure,” presented a $500 STEM scholarship to Morgan Danielle Moore. Miss Moore is a senior at Heritage High School.

The scholarship was created in Dr. Darden’s name in a partnership between BLOOM, a Newport News Public Schools leadership initiative that prepares female students to be global leaders, and the Newport News chapter of The Links, Inc., a professional women’s group and sponsor of the local junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Aviation Academy students accepted to Pathways Program

Bryce Spain in his Civil Air Patrol uniform.

Bryce Spain, a junior at Denbigh High School’s Aviation Academy, has been selected to participate in the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Pathways Flight Academies.

Spain joins Abdalla Elrahhal, a senior, and follows the contrail blazed by Josiah Hughes, the first graduate of the Aviation Academy to complete the Pathways program. Hughes is now a freshman at the U. S. Air Force Academy.

Participants are chosen based on their academic records; their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and their passion for flight.

Students in the program receive rigorous flight and ground school training.

Hughes completed the program at Averett University in 2019. Abdalla and Spain will complete flight school at Rick’s Aviation in Newport News.

Abdalla Elrahhal with the plane he flew in flight training.
Josiah Hughes stands next to the tail of the aircraft as he starts his pre-flight check.

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