Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ryan's Space Camp Essay

For his two references, Ryan also asked his volunteer supervisor at the library and one of his Awana leaders...

My name is Ryan Lee Griffing. I believe that I should be chosen for The Bernard Curtis Brown II Space Camp scholarship because I think Space Camp would be a fun and educational opportunity. I think that the MMU will be extremely fun, and I think building a model rocket would be educational. I also believe I should be chosen because I would like to know how an astronaut’s suit carries oxygen when the astronauts go into space. I would also like to know what it feels like to be weightless and sleep in space.

I think that the United States of America is the most blessed country on earth.
I believe that all of the freedoms we have as Americans have caused our country to greatly prosper. I believe that our soldiers fight in wars because they believe that all nations should be free. My dad is a soldier in the United States Army and I am glad that he is. He serves because it gives him a job that can keep me and my family provided for, he serves because he is healthy and able and not everyone who wants to serve in the military is able to. Finally, my dad serves because he believes it is a privilege to be a soldier.

One of my future goals is to become an astronaut. First, I will need to graduate from high school and then I will need to graduate from college. In college I would need to study math and science in order to become an astronaut. I would also need to know how to fly an airplane before I learn how to fly a spacecraft. Another one of my future goals is to travel to other countries on vacation. Another future goal of mine is to be a comedian because I like to be funny and make people laugh.

I volunteer at the library near my home for one hour every week. I began volunteering at the library in November, 2006. When I work at the library, I unpack delivery bins filled with books that are sent to the library from other libraries. I also clean books before they are returned to the shelves. I put books into bins that are going to other libraries. Sometimes I straighten books that are on the shelves or I cut out name tags for other library activities. Once I even stood guard at a broken computer so that no one would try to use it before it could get fixed.

After Space Camp the first thing I want to do is tell my parents about it. The second thing I want to do after Space Camp is tell my friends about how fun it was. After camp, I will know what it feels like to sleep in space, what it feels like to be one sixth of my weight and how to fly a spacecraft if I become an astronaut. After camp, I would like to use what I learned to design and build a Lego space ship. Also after camp, I will know more about what it takes to become an astronaut.

Trey's essay for Space Camp

This is the essay Trey wrote for his Space Camp scholarship application...I will post Ryan's next...they have to be mailed in by March 10, with 2 references. We are waiting for ther references to come back, he asked his supervisor from the library and his CAP Commder of Cadets to write his 2 references. We should know in May if either one or both of the boys are chosen to receive a scholarship.

My name is Trey Griffing, and I am a 7th grade homeschool student. I believe I should be selected as a Space Camp scholarship recipient because I think it would be a good way to learn about being an astronaut, the space environment, and how people work in space. I also think I should be selected because I am a member of Civil Air Patrol, which includes an Aerospace Education program with studies of rockets, space environment, and spacecraft. I can also take what I learn back to my squadron and help others learn about aerospace. I recently took part in a Rocketry Weekend, where I built and launched model rockets, and completed the requirements to earn my Model Rocketry badge for Civil Air Patrol.

I am proud to live in a country as great as the United States. Our country has always been the world leader in freedom, since we help many other countries defend themselves from more oppressive forms of government. I am proud of the fact that my dad is in the Army. He always says he is willing to defend freedom overseas in the hope that others don’t have to in years to come. I know firsthand what it is like to have a family member overseas, as my dad has served in the Sinai Desert, South Korea, and Iraq. I do miss him when he’s gone, but I am glad that he is willing to put his country above himself. I am proud that he is currently teaching future drill sergeants how to train new soldiers to defend our country. He says one reason he was inspired to join the military is because of his grandfather, Homer Hudson Hammond, who died in World War II defending the same freedoms that he defends now.

My future goals are to graduate high school and go to college, possibly Dallas Christian College in Dallas, Texas. I plan to major in History, Math, and Theology. After college, I plan to join the army as an officer. I am considering becoming a chaplain or a helicopter pilot. I want to be a chaplain because I would be serving God by helping others know Him. I want to be a helicopter pilot because I am interested in the piloting and operating systems of helicopters. I plan to make a career of the Army.

I have been volunteering at my local library once a week since November, 2006. I unload delivery bins full of books, I gather items requested for delivery, and I clean books after people have used them. I have also been a Counselor-In-Training at a summer day camp for children (grade K-2).

Immediately after camp, I intend to tell my Civil Air Patrol squadron about my experience and what I learned. I also want to tell all my friends about my experience. In the long run, I intend to use what I learned to help mentor cadets at the next CAP Rocketry Weekend. I also plan to use my knowledge in college when I take any Math, Science, or Engineering classes.

Friday, February 8, 2008


Well, not much has been going on to blog about.

The boys are keeping me busy with swimming and CAP and church (Awana)and volunteering at the library.

Travis has started his home, that is! LOL!! He enjoys it but we are very low key about it all. We are working on writing letters and learning numbers (he knows most of the numbers but needs to know how to write them), and working thru Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. With Travis they are mostly easy lessons but sometimes I get "this is hard" from him.

We took Trey to Walmart in January for his school/13 year old picture. Got them back the other day and I need to post them here. He is turning into a fine looking young man, and a TALL one at that! He comes up to my glasses now, it won't be long before he is as tall as I am, then TALLER!!

We found an interesting item online the other children of a member of the military the boys are both eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama! Ryan went to a local space camp in Columbia last summer at the Challenger Learning Center and had a really great time! He is hoping to go again this summer but if he gets this scholarship, the CLC will pale in comparison! The boys have to write an essay on why they think they should be selected for a scholarship, their future goals, their volunteer work, their "after camp" plans and thier patriotism. The essays have to be submitted in their own handwriting, so we are rough drafting them on the computer and then they can write the finished product on paper.

Ken was supposed to go to Combatives Level 2 this week but there was a mix up and when he showed up on Monday there was only a Level 1 class for was a blessing in disguise because he ended up sick sick sick this week! Stuffy, runny, congested, coughing, the works. The rest of us are doing the best to avoid getting it...we have a little scratchy throat or runny nose but it feels more like allergies...who knows?!

It will be interesting to see if they are selected, as well as to see if the BOTH get chosen.I had ro ask Ken if he was ok with them going for 8 days to Alabama without us...I didn't want them to work on the essay and then get chosen if the paretns were uneasy with them going that far alone! LOL!! They aslo have to have 2 references, so we need to get thsoe taken care of too.