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London H. Durand was a sixth-grader at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School on Kadena Air Base when she was selected to receive a 2003 Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp scholarship.

London H. Durand was a sixth-grader at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School on Kadena Air Base when she was selected to receive a 2003 Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp scholarship. (Courtesy of Military Child Education Coalition)

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — A former Amelia Earhart Intermediate School sixth-grader recently completed a week as an astronaut trainee at U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

London H. Durand was the only pupil from the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Pacific Region to attend Space Camp from Aug. 16 to Aug. 22. But five pupils from Department of Defense schools worldwide were chosen from among 318 applicants.

Each received a Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp scholarship from the Military Child Education Coalition. The scholarship is named for the son of Navy Chief Petty Officer and Mrs. Bernard Curtis Brown Jr., who was on the airliner that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

London couldn’t be reached for comment but, in her essay, the daughter of former Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Durand called herself a “space freak.”

“Nothing interests me more than … traveling into space,” she wrote. “If I’m selected … [n]ot only will I learn new and fascinating things about space, but I’ll also learn life-long lessons.”

Space Camp attendees get to study astronaut training, including simulators such as the 1/6th Gravity Chair, rocket building and launches, and experiments, according to the camp’s Web site.

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