AIM Manassas hosted two raffle drawings yesterday. The Student Council raffle helped raise money for student activities. The three winners of this raffle won very nice tools! The second raffle was to kick off our Sopwith Camel month which will consist of a month full of contests and prizes to celebrate our Sopwith Camel Project. Two students from day and one from night won a Sopwith Camel Project t-shirt.
Two of the excited Tool Raffle winners: Peirre Huggins and Filmon Gebregergish
Sopwith Camel Raffle Winner: Sequoya Pennington
Sopwith Raffle Winner Nicholas Kelly
Sopwith Raffle Winner Fikru Wondaferew
Title: Administrative Staff Answers Students Questions
By: Camron Staples
In response to the student’s recent request to have the Administrative staff available more often, the staff scheduled a day to come out of their offices and mingle in a common area so that students could have the opportunity to ask questions. The majority of the questions pertained to financial aid, student payments and book costs. The staff openly answered every question unless it was a personal question. The personal questions require a private setting to ensure that personal information is not over heard therefore appointments need to be set up.
Three AIM Manassas students had questions for the Registrar, Financial Aid Officer and the Bursar.
By Camron Staples, Student Services Coordinator AMN
The students and faculty at the Manassas campus are working hard to complete task of building a Sopwith Camel Aircraft. I spoke with instructor Chris Wilkison to find out exactly how the project is going and he provided insightful information on the progress that is being made.
The progress on the Sopwith Camel is as follows:
1. We are currently completing the wooden spars for the upper wing of the bi-wing plane, which includes cutting the correct angles, shaping, and routing.
2. We are currently completing most upper wing spars, which includes cutting, shaping, cutting lightening holes, and shaping them to the correct angles in order to produce lift.
3. We are currently working on the aileron hinges that enable the movement of the ailerons in order to allow the aircraft to roll (turn).
4. We are currently working on the wing connections, which are large metal boxes that must be fit to the same shape as the spars and be able to connect each of the three upper wings (left, center, and right).
5. The fuselage and tail section was completed earlier, the propeller is on display, and the radial engine and mount are awaiting the completion of the landing gear for installation.
Sopwith Camel Blueprint
Sopwith Camel Frame
Sopwith Camel Engine
AIM Manassas' Student Council is hosting a Tool Raffle to raise money for the student body. The raffle consists of 3 different opportunities to win a variety of useful tools and tool boxes. Tickets are available in the Career Services office for $5 or $10.
The Manassas campus dedicated the month of May to helping local charity, SERVE. The project to collect used clothing for the community was spearheaded by new Student Services Coordinator, Miss Camron Staples. Camron organized a clothing drive and encourage all staff, faculty and student body to dig deep into their closets to come up with clothing that will help local families in need. Clothing for adults, kids and babies were received and will soon be delivered to SERVE.
The collection will be distributed to individuals and families who are living in western Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park who are in need of help.
SERVE: We believe families are at the heart of our society and that they need to be strengthened and preserved. Services should be accessible, affordable and of high quality. Everyone should have access to adequate and safe housing, food and support.
AMM acknowledges everyone who participated to make this project a success: Thank you for your time, effort and generosity.
Camron Staples with students Michael Terry (left) and Alex Lofton (right)
On April 17, 2012, Discovery OV-103 Shuttle made its historic flight on the back of the NASA Boeing 747.
AIM-Manassas students were able to witness this once in a lifetime event because Dulles Airport is just minutes from the campus.
The Shuttle touched down at Dulles Airport around 11:45am to spend its retirement at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.
With over 27 years in service, Discovery was NASA’s Orbiter Fleet leader, having flown 39 successful missions and having 252 crew. Discovery had spent a cumulative total of 365 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes, 29 seconds, and flew a total of 148,221,675 miles in space.
The next time you visit the Manassas campus, stop by the Air & Space Museum to see Discovery.
AIM Manassas is excited to announce that it has put together our first ever cookbook! The cookbook is composed of recipes collected from both the students and staff of the campus. There were so many submissions that we were able to include recipes that ranged from punches to potato smashers. This project, created and headed by Vera Hill the campus Receptionist, was dedicated to celebrating the diversity that exists at the AIM Manassas campus. What makes the cookbook so special is that the recipes it contains are from countries like, Nigeria, Jamaica, Mexico, Philippines, United States and many others. After asking Vera about her inspiration behind forming the cookbook she replied “Some say that the way to people’s hearts is by cooking great meals.”
To celebrate National Aviation Technician Day on May 24, AIM Manassas set out to make the students and faculty feel special. Student Services posted flyers announcing the significant occasion to ensure that all of our technician’s and future technician’s knew that we appreciate them. Teresa Gober, the campus’ Director of Compliance arranged for snacks to be distributed to all students and faculty. Also, along with Career Services, she also brought forth the idea to hold a raffle for both day and evening students to top off the excitement. All students were able to participate in the raffle for the chance to win an AIM drawstring bag full of useful AIM goodies. There were 5 winners out of the day students and 3 out of the evening students.
Below are some winners: Eddie Torres, Antoine Green and David Coleman
By Camron Staples, Student Services Coordinator
On April 21 Stonewall Jackson High School held the 2012 Virginia State Taekwondo Tournament. AIM Manassas’ Michael Terry had the opportunity to participate in this tournament. This was his very first tournament and he overcame a couple of exhilarating matches to earn the 1st place Champion title in his division.
When speaking to Terry he explained what Taekwondo means, “tae” means foot, ”kwon” means hand and “do” means art, together it is “the art of foot and hand.” “To me Taekwondo is more than just a physical activity, it helps you think, calm down, breathe and see things more clearly under extreme pressure,” states Terry. After his outlook on the meaning of Taekwondo I asked him to tell me about his experience in his first tournament. “It was and will always be a memorable time in my life, there was so much action and excitement. I had never been more nervous” he said. He goes on to say “my first opponent was seven belts higher and 42 pounds heavier than I am but these were just a couple of obstacles in my way.” “After a couple of minutes his kicks took a toll on my body so I decided to pick my shots and watch his movement then a back kick to his stomach gave me the advantage for the rest of the match.” “I won 12 to 11.” Terry thought he would have a rest after his win but he was called back to the mat after 5 minutes for his final match. This time his opponent was a former Junior Olympics fighter, knowing this caused Terry to become somewhat intimidated. He also knew that Terry was tired and winded so he used this to his advantage by starting the fight with an aggressive attack. The two fighters battled, both giving their all, knowing that the 2012 champion title was on the line. The less experienced fighter showed that he was the better fighter and won with a final score of 11 to 4. With a huge smile on his face Terry told me “once I was announced as the winner I dropped to my knees in relief that all my hard work and all the time I put into training paid off. Still in pain, I received my gold medal which is an accomplishment that I will cherish forever.”
Michael Terry wearing his 1st place medal
By Camron Staples, Student Services Coordinator
Saturday May the 5th was an eventful day here at AIM Manassas as we hosted our Open House. The staff and faculty worked diligently to set up a wonderful occasion with something for everyone. On top of wonderful weather, we had a massive moon bounce, a cotton candy machine and there was free food for everyone. If you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, it did! We invited a popular Hip-Hop and R&B station, WPGC 95.5, come down to help host our event! WPGC sent their “Street Team” which includes radio personality Peter Parker and two promoters Dannielle and Breaker. The station broadcasted live from the Open House and gave away tickets to the station’s 25th Anniversary Birthday Bash concert. The Street Team also gave away other prizes throughout the day. Student Keith Johnson was awarded a WPGC t-shirt after becoming the winner of the dance competition. “AIM Manassas is super fly! The food is great and the people are great” says Peter Parker as we discussed the how much he enjoyed the atmosphere created here at AIM Manassas.
A few winners of concert tickets along with
Breaker and Peter Parker from the Street Team.
Keith Johnson still dancing and showing off
the shirt he won.