STEM scholarship awarded by “Human Computer”
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, 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.