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Celebrating the past / Students attend 50th anniversary

Brittany Taylor Jon Jee Staff Published: March 19, 2012 10:13 AM

Imagine celebrating 50 years of space aviation. This is what John H. Glenn, Jr. did Friday, March 2, at Cleveland State University.

John Glenn first went up into space in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth. He later became the oldest man in space at the age of 77. Glenn also was an Ohio Senator for 25 years. During his life he has accomplished many things and had the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center named after him.

Twenty-five students got the chance to hear John Glenn and a few other astronauts speak at the anniversary celebration. Many students felt it would be an awesome experience to hear John Glenn speak in person, like senior Amanda Dearth.

Principal Steve Brooks organized this trip and felt that it was important for students to learn information about the name of their school and the emblem on their varsity jackets and for them to realize that it is not just an ordinary person, said Brooks.

Even though the ceremony was serious, John Glenn tried to lighten up the atmosphere with a few jokes starting off. I enjoyed hearing John Glenns funny jokes about being old, said senior Tyler Coll.

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Before John Glenn spoke, contributors told stories and showed videos about Glenn. My favorite part was hearing all of the stories about him that everyone said, said senior Kelsey Wahl.

Even the teachers that went on the trip enjoyed the ceremony. My favorite part was when the commander of the STS-95, Steven Lindsey, said that John Glenn was his hero. Some people think we have nothing else to prove since we have orbited the Earth, but I hope the human race has bigger goal like putting a man on mars, said science teacher Doug Joy.

The current John Glenn High School students would not remember the trip around the Earth, but many know a little about him. I had hear of John Glenn, but I did not know that much about him. I know he was the first American to orbit the earth, but that was about it. I learned a lot about John Glenn from this trip, said Wahl.

Many of the teachers remember his trips from the past. It was my second or third year teaching when John Glenn went into orbit. I remember being a new teacher and seeing all of the excitement throughout the school. As a science teacher I was being interviewed, and it was just a cool and exciting experience, said Joy.

Many students felt that this trip was a great experience and learned a lot about John Glenn. Dearth said, I learned that I really can do anything if I really put my mind to it.

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