Students spend week at space camp after winning scholarship
August 17, 2003
Alexzandar Kyle Sutton and Juliesa D. Moore just got back from camp — space camp.
The two students from Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe were winners of the 2003 Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp scholarship.
Their prize: one week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Alex is the son of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Darryel Sutton, a computer technician for the 6th Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, and Heidi Sutton.
Juliesa is the daughter of Army Capt. Angelo D. and Leeantoinette Moore. Angelo Moore is a family nurse practitioner with Company B at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Alex said his favorite part of the camp was his team’s mission aboard the Atlantis space shuttle simulator. Alex said he was a payload specialist.
“We turned on part of the orbiter, then gave the mission specialists their physicals — temperature and heart rate,” Alex said. “Then we went in the back and did science projects.”
Alex said the trip included a visit to the space center’s museum, where the students saw the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space capsules.
Juliesa said one of the best parts of camp was building the 3-foot rockets.
“We spent two days building the rockets,” she said. “Then we decorated them with logos and went out to an open field and launched them.”
Juliesa, who is going into ninth grade at Ramstein American High School, said she was the commander on her simulated space shuttle mission in Huntsville. She also attended briefings, watched movies and played space-related games.
“I plan on being a computer engineer,” she said. “I don’t know who I’m going to work for yet, but NASA is pretty cool. I’m kind of leaning on their side.”
Alex and Juliesa were two of the five scholarship winners out of 318 who applied.
The other winners were Maria Tucker of Fort Knox, Ky.; London H. Durand of Okinawa, Japan; and Amanda Johnson of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Applicants wrote an essay about their goals, patriotism and community service.
The scholarships are named for Bernard Curtis Brown II, a passenger on the hijacked airliner that was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. At the time Bernard, son of a naval petty officer, was en route to California to represent his school in a science project.
The Brown scholarships are managed by the Military Child Education Coalition of Harker Heights, Texas.
Alex, who is working toward an astronomy badge for Boy Scouts, said he admires the work of astronauts.
“I like when they’re going up into outer space and connecting with the space station and living inside of it,” he said.
Alex, who is entering sixth grade at Gaeta American Middle School, said he wants to be a math professor when he grows up … but who knows?
“I’ll probably study astronomy and science — stuff like that,” he said. “I might change my mind and be an astronaut.”