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STEM students honored with Air Force auxiliary flyover
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The Civil Air Patrol conducted a flyover Friday morning at Friendship Elementary School in Buford with Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield aboard as part of the Aerospace Connections in Education national event. - photo by For The Times
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Friendship ACE Instructor Brian Johnston, 2017 ACE National Instructor of the Year. - photo by For The Times

The Civil Air Patrol, with Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield aboard, tipped its wings to students during a flyover of Friendship Elementary School in Buford Friday morning to lift-off the 10th annual Aerospace Connections in Education national event. 

The school was selected as the 2017 National ACE School, and teacher Brian Johnston was named the 2017 National ACE Coordinating Educator.  

According to a press release, The ACE program is provided by the Civil Air Patrol to elementary school students across the nation in K-6th grade science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

“We are excited to be the host school for the national ACE Lift-off this year,” Dr. Tracie Brack, principal of Friendship Elementary, said in a statement. “Our school theme is, ‘We build strong minds and bodies.’ The CAP ACE program helps us achieve that goal with the academic, character and physical fitness components of the program.” 

Since the program’s inception in 2007, more than 140,000 students in 38 states have been involved in the program that increases early interest in STEM careers. Last year, more than 27,000 students across the country participated in the program. 

Friday’s event also included a Life Flight helicopter landing while Atlanta Hobby conducted drone flights.   

Schofield thanked supporters in a statement, saying he lived one of his quotes for his school system during the flyover. 

“In the words of Bob Seger, we have ‘felt the wind and set ourselves a bolder course…,’” he said. 

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