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IOA Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001 County News River Bu By Ted Daoust ticipation in trai g exercis- Educators throughout the P0rtola Editor es and assistance in actual . country are p, rovided with The Feather River Compos- search and rescue missions, the same knowledge of aero- ite Squadron of the Civil Air That dedication and enthu-space' r ues and appreciation Patrol graduated eight mem- siasm has won the squadronas CAP reembers receive. bets from squadron leader- several Nevada Wing awards, Each year; CAP sponsors ship school at Nevada Wing including Most Improved over 200 workshops in col- headquarters in Rend April 7. Squadron for two consecutive leges and universities across The leadership school is a years, the nation, which reach more course designed to introduce The CAP has been around than 5,000 educators. members to the functions and since World War II, when its Best known for its search missions of a Civil Air Patrol patrol pilots flew more than and rescue efforts, CAP flies (CAP) unit. halfa million hours, sunk en- more than 85 percent of all in- Members who attended and emy submarines and saved land search and rescue mis- graduated from the course hundreds of crash survivors sions. were: Lt. Col. Anthony Mar- in support of the Army AirThe missions are directed tinez, Capt. Jack Gillespie, Corps. by the Air Force Rescue Co- Senior Member Joe Lantz, Se- In 1948, Congress passed a ordination Center at Langley nior Member Jodi Wilburn, law permanently establishing Air Force Base, Va. Senior Member Joyce Denz- the CAP as the auxiliary of CAP is often one of the first er-l,antz, 2nd Lt. Nell Withers the new United States Air organizations on the scene of Thomas, 2nd Lt. Phyllis Gille- Force and charged them with disasters. spie and Senior Member. three primary missions. Members provide air and Everett Long. Those missions are: aero- ground transportation and a The Feather River space education, emergencycommunication network to Squadron received its charter service and a cadet program, local, state and national dis- in 1996 and since the begin- The aerospace education aster relief organizations. ning has shown its dedication mission focuses on membersIn addition, the CAP pro- to the organization by its par- and the general public, vides emergency transporta- tion of time-sensitive medical boys and girls who are at materials, including blood least 12 years old or attending and human tissue, in situa- the sLxth grade, with the max- tions where other means of imum age of 18, and unrest- transportation are not possi- tied. ble. For more than 50 years, the Through agreements with cadet program has given the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Cus- young people the opportunity toms Service, the U.S. Drug to develop leadership skills Enforcement Agency and the through their interest in avi- U.S. Forest Service, CAP pro- ation. vides aerial reconnaissance, Cadets progress at their airborne communication sup- own pace through a 15-step port and airlift of law en- program, with aviation and forcement personnel in the aerospace activities occur- counter-drug effort, ring on both a local and na- The last mission is the tionallevel. cadet program, a program There are several opportu- which began in Portola in nities for cadets to partici- January of this year. pate in encampment exercis- There are currently 22 es throughout the United cadets in the Feather River States, dealing withaviation Squadron, each working and aerospace. their way through the ranks There are also many bene- on their quest of the Mitchell fits connected with the pro- Award--the highest award gram, such as the national which can be earned in the scholarship program. CAP Cadet program. CAP provides scholarships The program is open to all to cadets to further their By Terri Oaou careers in a selected field. Construction and engineer-Academy students are also Port01a Editor "The academy gives stu- ing technology changes involved in research and de- All graduating seniors dents a solid working knowl- quickly and the academy stu- sign, working on mass trans- must pass the state exit exam edge of the field they have dents are given the opportu- portation issues. and meet all academic re- chosen to thus givingnity to keep pace with those In addition, students learn quirements. However those them an edge entering changes, basic electricity, residential enrolled in the Portola Con- college," said Paul Melicker, The academy recently ac- wiring, magnetics, bridge struction and Engineering academylead teacher, quired computer robotics in- building, dynamics of group Academy leave high school The program is voluntary struments and academy stu-brainstorming, problem solv- with much more. and must have parental ap-dents are experimenting and ing, and more. Portola High School re- proval, learning how robotics are Melicker said he is ex- ceived a state academy grant Applying for the academy used in industry for things tremely pleased with the stu- in 1997 and was the only rur- does not ensure acceptancethat are unsafe for humans, dents' progress and especial- al school in the state to re- and students are interviewed They include arc welding, ly with the group dynamics, ceive the grant that year.and selected on the basis of spray painting and even in- which he has witnessed. Out of more than 250 need, interest and potential vasive surgery, due to the"We have several brain- schools applying for academy for success, according to steady hand of the robots,storming sessions in which grants in 1997, only 31 re- Melicker. Students are also learningeveryone freely participates ceived them. In addition to the regularhow to operate a computer and no one is made to feel The Construction and En- curriculum, first-year acade- numerical controllathe, their ideas unworthy. They gineering Academy is a my students receive publicOther classes include: are working as a team," he school program designed tospeaking opportunities, dographics and animation; said. offer curriculum that is well job shadowing, hear guest computer assisted draftingThere are still a few slots planned, integrated and ar- speakers in the classroom 2000 with 3-D capabilities, available in the academy and ticulated to the students' ca- and model roles in industry which allows for advanced students can apply at the reef goals, and society, study, computer applications high school. It is a school-within-a- By the end of the second and the study of computer Melicker said academy en- school program and its goal year, students are in the mother boards, rollment is encouraged for all is to motivate students topractice of fulfll]ing daily job Each of the classes allowsstudents who wish to pursue participate in activities lead- expectations, students to work at their own a career in engineering and ing to graduation with a high For example, sthdents en- pace with each activity ask- for those who wish to go to schooldiploma, rolled in wood shop, drafting ing questions; projects are in- work in the construction It prepares students acade- and construction classes sim- teractive and test each stu- field. mically and vocationally for ulate dent at the completion of the .... studies in areaS neering, scienCe, chanics and cine. The U.S. Air nizes the high cadets must that choose to Air Force first class basic. Having gone cadet applying for Academy. 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