She can fly!
The sky's the limit for 14-year-old Kristen Garcia. She's
the only girl among more than 20 boys in the Lebanon, N.H., Composite
Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary cadet program
(cap.gov) offered for kids by the U.S. Air Force. Besides learning to
fly a Cessna single-engine aircraft, Kristen is learning search and
rescue, radio communications, model rocketry, disaster relief, and more.
But while Kristen's head is in the clouds, her feet are firmly on
the ground as a lead athlete en Hartford High School's cross
country running team--and she's still in middle school. She can do
a level mile in five and a half minutes, and Kristen's commanding
officer says she gives the male cadets a run for their money during
training. Kristen hopes to pass physical, leadership and aerospace
education tests this summer to be promoted from her current rank of
cadet airman. Um, shouldn't that be airwoman?