EmilyAfter my leave of absence for marching band in the Fall, I’ve come back to the shop to discover it clean and more organized than it’s ever been (at least in the time I’ve been here). Now with the 2017 season started, and my senior year is in the last stretch, I’m taking leadership on the team, and I’m the only female student leader. There are six leaders on our team and only five groups, so I have been grouped with another leader and we are¬†working on a climbing mechanism.

Being a team leader is something that I’ve wanted to do since I joined as a sophomore. When I first joined, my specialty was scouting, and still is, but I’ve learned so much more. Being a team leader means having enough experience to lead, the skills to build, and being flexible with the situations presented. It’s really fun being a team leader, I “know the ropes” better than the newer members, and I’m here to help as much as I can.

Since our team did not scale the tower last year, we are determined to be ready for flight this year, and one of our mentors challenged us to have a working climber by the end of the first week! We have two ideas that are being worked on, and the group is divided between the two. My group has progressed further than the other group. Our first prototype has proven to have some merit, but much improvement is needed. This climber will be working by the end of the week.

-Student Leader, Emily