November 2015 Around Town 2


Vinings Girls Joins All-Woman Flight to Celebrate National Girls Day in Aviation

On Saturday, September 26, Delta’s first female pilot and retired Captain Joy Walker took to the skies once again to mark another “first” in the airline’s history book: The first National Girls in Aviation Day.

Captain Walker flew, along with more than 130 girls, from Minneapolis to a flight museum in Seattle. From charter planning to catering, meteorology to dispatching, every detail of the flight is being supported by women aviation professionals.

The girls spent the day with Walker and other Delta employees soaking in their knowledge and educating themselves about career opportunities in aviation in roles such as pilot, airport customer service agent, maintenance professional, airline engineer, and flight attendant. They were also able to spend time learning from industry professionals at Boeing and NASA over lunch at the Seattle’s Museum of Aviation. The girls even met some female astronauts.

One of the lucky girls on this trip was 8-year-old Sofie Canales who is in 3rd grade at Nickajack Elementary School in Smyrna. Though younger than most of the other girls, Sofie was able to go on the flight thanks to her mom, Aubry Canales, who helped to photograph the momentous occasion.

“I loved having Sofie with me on this experience,” explains Aubry. “I think at first she didn’t understand the significance; she couldn’t grasp that women haven’t always been treated equally. But then she did, and then she understood that she can (and will) do anything she wants to do, as we have always taught her. If she wants to fly to Mars, she can if she puts her mind to it. It was amazing to meet so many smart women that have achieved so much in male dominated fields.”

Local Middle School Students Win Robotics Competition

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the U.S. Navy hosted 300 metro-Atlanta middle school students for the GTRI-Navy STEM Summit and SeaPerch Competition. SeaPerch is a robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students from 10 area middle schools, including Campbell Middle School, were invited to participate in the STEM-related event. These students have been engaged in the SeaPerch process and have followed the steps to completely assemble a ROV.

There were four 7th graders who competed at Georgia Tech, they are: Kunal Pol, Courtney Waybright, Kedar Johnson, and Sophia Sobrino, lead by Science teacher Ann Dubick. Campbell Middle School’s SeaPerch Team is the only Cobb school to compete and they won 1st place in the robot competition and 3rd place in the poster and presentation. CMS students will go back to GA Tech to participate in a discussion panel at the CTAE state-wide conference.

Pebblebrook High School Student Wins $10,000 Prize for Musical Talent

Pebblebrook High School performing arts program has created another winner. Ryan Wolpert, 16, of Mableton, won the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award for his singing and musical talent. Ryan’s determination, commitment and dedication to his music career throughout his life has been awe-inspiring to many around him.

Ryan plans to use the winnings to put toward voice lessons and to pay for a summer musical program next summer.

The Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts program at Pebblebrook High School has been a life-changing experience for Ryan. Not only has he developed into a mature music professional capable of winning this prestigious award, but also as his teachers and mother can attest to, he has developed into a man of good character as well. Ryan has benefited from a staff who are comprised of devoted and passionate performing arts educator professionals.  They challenge their students to strive to be the best that they can be every day and Ryan has epitomized that idea.

In addition to being a musical standout, Ryan has also embraced Pebblebrook High School other extra-curricular activities, including becoming a member of the National Honor Society and playing on the Varsity Tennis Team.