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June 21, 2013

Aiming high

Lockport student who graduates this weekend will attend Air Force

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Shortly thereafter, Britt joined NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience program, or INSPIRE. The online learning community gives high school students a chance to interact with NASA experts, education specialists and other students through activities and challenges. About 1,000 kids across the country participate.

In addition, the Britt family visited the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. She was able to speak with experts there as well.

During her time at Lockport, Britt, 17, played tennis and ran cross country. She was also in the National Honor Society, the Latin club and even trained for a triathlon.

Britt was also honored as the Town of Lockport’s outstanding youth of 2013. She was chosen by the town’s recreation committee over 21 other applicants.

There will also be a group of folks over at Briody Health Care Facility who will be following her career. While volunteering there, Britt had a chance to speak with a number of World War II veterans.

“It was inspiring,” Britt said. “To follow in their footsteps is going to require a lot of hard work and I don’t want to let them down.”

Saturday’s graduation ceremony will include a speaker who has been where Britt is heading. And that’s not just the Air Force, but space as well.

Astronaut William Gregory will be the guest speaker Saturday at Lockport’s graduation at Artpark. He flew in this week, courtesy of Mullane Motors.

Gregory graduated from Lockport Senior High School in 1975 and received a bachelor of science degree in engineering sciences from the Air Force Academy in 1979, a master of science degree in engineering mechanics from Columbia University in 1980 and a master of science degree in management from Troy State in 1984.

Gregory became an astronaut in July 1991 and served as the STS-67 pilot on the seven-person astronomical research mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The crew established a mission duration record of 16 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while completing 262 orbits and traveling nearly 7 million miles.

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