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JVS students honored for aviation app

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 01:36 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- A group of local students received some well-deserved recognition by state leaders Tuesday for their work on an app that will help teach high school students how to fly.
Creating the Let’s Aviate app – and ultimately winning the 6th Congressional District Stem App contest -- allowed four girls to do just that. They climbed into a Cessna plane and flew 3,000 feet into the air to collect data and take pictures -- all to help piece together the award-winning app.
It was a special moment for the so-called ‘Lady Aviators’ from Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
U.S. Representative Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, presented each girl with a Congressional Proclamation at the Jefferson County Airpark on Tuesday.
"The real key here is spurring on science, technology, engineering and math skills because of the jobs that are coming here," Johnson said.
The girls drew attention their skills, their school, and the Ohio Valley.
"Being an educator, it's all about inspiring your students,” said Natalie Campana-Lucas, multimedia and design teacher at JCJVS. “And when you have something like this happen, you know you're doing something right."
The app highlights several areas, including technology, engineering such as rules and regulations of flying, and math, where weight and balance and landing graphics come into play.
From the ground to the sky, the girls worked to make the app simple to understand.
"It's hard for us to pay attention to a lot of things if we're not severely interested in it, so (making the app) made it easy and fun. And you can just sit there and people love to be on their phone," JCJVS student Lauren Segle said.
"Flying it myself, just being able to get so many different pictures because I'm the photography person in this group so that was the best part for me,” added fellow student Zoe Zuelsdorf.
Johnson used the word “refreshing” to describe the girls’ work ethic and enthusiasm. He hopes by seeing their accomplishments, others will get their ideas off the ground.
Following Tuesday’s presentation, Johnson followed the students back to JVS to enjoy an aviation-themed lunch put on by the schools culinary arts students.
He'll also spent some time at the Belmont County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.


JVS students honored for aviation app


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