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Uplifting Experience Aerospace program fuels kids’ dreams with hands-on learning

NIHS AEROSPACE PHOTO

by Carrie Scozzaro

COURTESY AMBER PHILLIPS

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here’s an idea taking flight for young folks like Ron Korn, a Sandpoint High School senior initially leaning toward a career in automotive or information technology. He heard about the North Idaho High School Aerospace Program, based out of SHS yet open to many Bonner and Boundary kids as a way of fueling their interest in the aerospace industry, from development and design to production and operation. Korn signed on and, like the students currently in NIHSAP, is considering a career in aerospace. “We’re not setting too many requirements,” said Barney Ballard, a former Air Force pilot best known for his years in the region’s restaurant industry. “We’re happy to try to feed their interests.” Ballard is in charge of NIHSAP’s Community Outreach & Career Guidance and serves on NIHSAP’s Board with his wife, Carol Ballard.

Top: Ken Larson pilots the plane on its maiden flight. Left: Student Carly Orr and program mentor Amber Phillips.

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