(This story was submitted to The Jackson Herald and printed in its Aug. 1, 2018, edition. CLICK HERE to read the lead story on that page. See a picture of The Herald’s section front below.)
While three student-scientists will have their experiment performed on the International Space Station this week, two young artists’ will be closely linked to the out-of-this-world experience, as well.
Jackson County Comprehensive High School sophomore Emmeline Walker was a ninth-grader when her design for a “mission patch” was selected as the winner in a competition among middle and high school students, and West Jackson Middle School sixth-grader Andi Armstrong was finishing her fifth-grade year at Gum Springs Elementary School when she won the K-5 division, according to Deborah Riddleberger, science curriculum coordinator for the Jackson County School System.
All JCSS students were invited to enter the mission-patch design competition, and the two Jackson County Schools’ patches “along for the ride,” Riddleberger said.
The six-week orbit of the satellite is part of the SSEP – the national Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which involves schools from the United States, Canada and Brazil in SSEP Mission 12 to the ISS.
Emmeline’s design shows an astronaut floating above the Earth – specifically the United States, where the state of Georgia is outlined and the star that locates Jackson County is clearly visible, just as it is on the school system’s logo.
Andi’s work features a drawing of the space shuttle with clouds that designate the SSEP, NASA, Mission 12 and Jackson County.
Riddleberger worked with the school system’s art teachers to coordinate the project across the county.
Payton Maddox, a seventh-grader at WJMS took second place in the middle-and-high-school division with JCCHS senior Jamel Chouial in third.
Honorable mentions went to JCCHS 12th-grader Peyten Lauricella and ninth-grader Mackenzie Howard; WJMS sixth-grader Genevieve Sibila; and East Jackson Comprehensive High School’s Aspen Bruce, eighth-grade; Brooklyn Craymer, 11th-grade; and Kaylee Foster, 12th-grade.
In addition to Andi’s win, GSES swept the top spots in the K-5 division. Fifth-grader Keira Hamilton took second-place honors and third place went to Brianna Day.
Three GSES students also earned honorable mentions: first-grader Maximus Eaton, third-grader Abby Campbell, and fourth-grader Addison Power. Honorable mentions also went to East Jackson Elementary School second-grader Levi Dow, EJES third-grader Jacey Yon, and Maysville Elementary School fifth-grader Brianna Farris.
The SSEP (online at ssep.ncesse.org) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally.
It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the use of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
Learn more about the process and the other schools selected to compete at http://bit.ly/JCSS18_1.
JCSS serves more than 7,800 students in pre-K through 12th grade in 10 schools across Jackson County.