Local Students Win Trip to Space Camp

Some local fifth graders got some exciting news on Wednesday.  They heard the words “Congratulations — you’re going to Space Camp!”

For kids who love space, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the mother of all playgrounds.

“What I like about rockets the most is all the cool stuff in it and the engines, they’re really big,” said Jack Anderson.

Anderson is almost 10, and a rising fifth grader at Monrovia Elementary.  He is one of several dozen children who won a trip to Space Camp courtesy of State Farm Insurance.

State Farm made a large gift to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center this week, to cover the tuition cost.

“I was so excited that they chose me,” Anderson said.

Jamari Evans will be there, too.

“Had the ceremony about awards and A-B Honor Roll and they called my name up and says who won the Space & Rocket Center State Farm award and they had called me up and I was like surprised my parents had a big smile on my face,” said Evans.

Evans attends Rainbow Elementary.  He’s looking forward to the experience as well.

“The Space Shot,” Evans said.

The chance at camp could launch these kids to infinity and beyond.

“This might help me figure out if I want to be an astronaut or not,” said Anderson.