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Reflections on the Endeavour Launch – Nikos

A science project designed by Hillcrest students Keltson Howell, Megan Dolle, and Nikos Liodakis is one of 16 nationwide and the only one from Utah selected by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program to fly on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

After several delays, the Endeavour is scheduled for lift-off on May 16, 2011.  The students and their adviser, Jonathan Miller, will be watching. Here are their reflections on being part of history, as this mission is Endeavour’s final flight into space.


Nikos Liodakis

Parents: George and  Helen Liodakis
School: Hillcrest High School
Class: Junior

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience … I want to thank the Canyons School District for making it possible.”

Niko’s reflections on his Endeavour experience:

I have been given the opportunity to go to Florida to see the space shuttle launch in person. Ever since I was young I have been amazed by space exploration. The fact that we have been able to travel to the moon and beyond is mind blowing. When I was younger I took a tour of the Kennedy Space Station. While I was there the tour guide explained to me that the primary goal of the space station was to push the boundaries of scientific discovery. This goal has resonated with me and has been my primary source of inspiration both in school and in the SSEP competition. Through the scientific process we have made discoveries that our ancestors never believed were possible. Thus, the trip to Florida really means a lot to me because it provides me with the opportunity to help with this process. I feel honored to know that I will be experimenting in space and attempting to solve currently unsolved problems. To me space represents a new frontier of countless possibilities … I cannot wait for the space flight Endeavor to go up to the space station and in the process potentially expand the boundaries of science.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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