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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

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26 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CHS students take trip to airport to learn about career opportunities SMITHFIELD – A group of Cumberland High School robotics and engineering students received a hands-on lesson in aviation at the North Central State Airport last week, watching from below as their teacher Michael Stead took to the skies. "Hopefully it sparks an excitement in the kids," Stead said. At the event, students toured the facility at 300 Jenckes Hill Road in Smithfield, near the Lincoln town line, learned about aviation technol- ogy and career paths and heard from licensed pilots, including state Sen. Stephen Archambault. "If this is something you want to do, you could have a great career in this. You are the next generation," said Archambault, who learned how to fly at North Central Airport. "I can still smell the fuel of the plane," he said of his flying lessons at the airport. "This stuff is in (my) blood." New England Aviation, Air Ventures Flying School, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Commerce Association sponsored the event and donated $2,500 worth of flight school education to partici- pating students. The idea to bring students to the airport began with a discussion about the national pilot shortage between Chamber Vice President Paul Ouellette and member David Bellenoit of Whitehop LLC, who is a student pilot at the airport. The field trip was organized with help from Bellenoit and Doug Auclair of Air Ventures. "A historic number of today's pilots and engineers are soon coming to retirement age," Bellenoit said, not- ing that there is a growing demand for qualified candidates to replace the outgoing pilots. "The FAA and NASA have recognized this and are actively getting the message out to kids interested in STEM fields that the path to advancement in this field is getting faster each year." According to data from Statista, North America will need roughly 117,000 new pilots in the next 20 years, with the projected pilot defi- cit expected to increase from 115 in 2016 to more than 2,000 by 2020. The average age of airline pilots in 2016 was about 45 years old, and the mandatory retirement age for pilots is 65. Lt. Gov. Dan McKee told students that aviation "is a growing opportu- nity for young people right here in Rhode Island." "The purpose of this Aviation Exploration Day was to inspire the students. … We want them to come back and fly," Bellenoit said. He said the airport may appear to be walled off to visitors, but it is a public airport that encourages people to stop in. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Cumberland High School senior JASON LAMOTHE sits inside a seaplane owned by Charlie Pickett of Rehoboth, Mass., at North Central State Airport last week. Cumberland's Murphy salutatorian at Village Green CUMBERLAND – Luke Murphy, of Cumberland, is the salutatorian of the Class of 2018 at Village Green Virtual Charter School in Providence. In his graduation speech to the 51 other students in his class, Murphy said, "Being successful does not mean only making a living, getting a title, or buying a big house. It means starting now, starting today, to become the person you eventually want to be. It means being able to navigate the constantly changing world, without fundamentally changing who you are." Graduation ceremonies were held May 24 in Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College. The son of Paul and Michelle Murphy, of Cumberland, he attended Community Elementary School and North Cumberland Middle School and was a Boy Scout, a member of the Village Green Sailing Club, and a member of the Cumberland High School Chorus. 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