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Two Calhoun Students Earn National Space Club Scholarships

10/6/2011

Two Calhoun Community College students have been announced as winners of scholarships provided by the National Space Club-Huntsville. Their honors will be presented at the 23rd Annual Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Celebration October 26 at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, Ala.
Michael Curths, a pre-engineering major, will receive a $2,000 National Space Club Engineering & Science Scholarship. Aerospace technology major Adam Hudson will also receive a $1,000 National Space Club Engineering & Science Scholarship. Annually the local chapter of the National Space Club provides $25,000 toward scholarships and educational outreach in the areas of rocketry, robotics and astronautics.
A limited number of individual seats are still available at $75 each for the reception and formal dinner by calling 256-431-7947 or going to www.spaceclub-hsv.org. Robert Crippen, pilot of the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981, will deliver the keynote address and Homer Hickam, October Sky author and a former NASA aerospace engineer, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s theme  is “Leveraging the Past to Launch the Future: A Celebration of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.”
Sponsored annually by the Huntsville chapter of the National Space Club, the celebration will also recognize several individuals and teams with awards, including Bob Thompson, former Space Shuttle Program Manager, who will be honored with the Von Braun Space Flight Trophy; the DAWN Spacecraft Development and Operations Team, who will receive the Astronautics Engineer Award; NBC News
Correspondent Jay Barbree, who will receive the Media Award; Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch who will be recognized with the Community Service Award; and Dr. Frank Six, University Affairs Officer at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, who will receive the Aerospace Educator’s Award.
Established in 1988, the Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Celebration honors the memory of this great space pioneer by recognizing individuals and groups who personify his ideals and vision and have made significant achievements in advancing space exploration or have contributed to America's leadership in rocketry and astronautics.

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