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"Flying faith" Continued...

Student response to the program begins with incredulity and ends with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Veronica Hardy, 17, a senior at Clear Springs High School, said she didn’t think she had what it took to help build a plane: “My first thought when I saw Elder One go up for the first time was ‘Wow. I helped build that!’”

Learning to overcome obstacles is part of the instruction, Kelly said: “If you throw an undoable challenge in front of these kids and convince them they can do it, you will be amazed.”

With the finished plane parked behind them, the students drew sticks held by aerospace engineering teacher Roger Elder to determine who would be the first fly the aircraft.
Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
With the finished plane parked behind them, the students drew sticks held by aerospace engineering teacher Roger Elder to determine who would be the first fly the aircraft.
Veronica Hardy, 17, was one of the first Clear Springs High School students to pilot Elder One. Mentor and EAA instructor David Grover guided students on their initial flight in the new aircraft.
Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
Veronica Hardy, 17, was one of the first Clear Springs High School students to pilot Elder One. Mentor and EAA instructor David Grover guided students on their initial flight in the new aircraft.
Clear Springs HIgh School students pose with their finished aircraft at the end of the school year.
Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
Clear Springs HIgh School students pose with their finished aircraft at the end of the school year.
Sporting a new paint job featuring the Clear Springs High School mascot, Elder One sat on display at the 2013 EAA AirVenture, in Oshkosh, Wis.
Photo by Ernie Butcher
Sporting a new paint job featuring the Clear Springs High School mascot, Elder One sat on display at the 2013 EAA AirVenture, in Oshkosh, Wis.
Eagle’s Nest 1, the first aircraft built by Eagle’s Nest Projects, sits on display at the 2013 EAA AirVenture, in Oshkosh, Wis.
Photo by Ernie Butcher
Eagle’s Nest 1, the first aircraft built by Eagle’s Nest Projects, sits on display at the 2013 EAA AirVenture, in Oshkosh, Wis.
Eagle's Nest Projects founder Bob Kelly with an exchange student from Argentina.
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Eagle's Nest Projects founder Bob Kelly with an exchange student from Argentina.

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