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Azure College takes local students to space center

Published:   |   Updated: April 1, 2013 at 09:14 AM

Some Highlands County students got an inside look at a Kennedy Space Center last weekend, thanks to Azure College.

Azure College sponsored 106 Highlands County high school students and Boys and Girls Club members to a day at the space center, where they had lunch with astronaut Winston Scott and saw all the attractions.

The trip was part of giving back to the community, said Debra Snyder, financial director and assistant to the president of Azure College-Sebring Campus.

“We wanted to re-spark their love of education,” Snyder said.

Two buses were chartered and the college paid to have all students have lunch with the astronaut.

“They were in awe,” Snyder said of being with Scott. “It was much more than anyone anticipated or expected.”

The group went into a new theater called Angry Birds and an Imax theater. After that they traveled to the launch area to get a closer look at where the most famous space launches have been conducted.

“The highlight was meeting the astronaut,” Snyder said. “Kids were just firing off questions left and right.

Snyder said this is the first of what will be an annual trip for local students. She’s planning for next year’s trip but hasn’t decided where they will go.

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