EAA essay winner tabs spot in summer camp

The Wilson Post

Lebanons Morgan Taheny is about to watch his dreams take flight literally.

The Winfree-Bryant Middle School seventh grader wrote an essay about his love for aviation that earned him a spot at the Experimental Aircraft Associations summer camp program. Through the essay contest, Morgan was admitted into the five-day program, with EAA agreeing to pay for a scholarship to the EAA Air Academy and half of his travel cost to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis., this June.

Winfree-Bryant Principal Becky Kegley was thrilled that Morgan won the contest.

Morgan is a wonderful young man and does a wonderful job as a student here, she said.

EAA Chapter 863 President Doug Eshelman presented Morgan with a certificate to honor his achievement on Wednesday morning and said he would love to see more young people take an interest in flying; however, the high cost and competitive nature of training has caused a decrease in those wanting to learn.

My dad was a pilot. I retired from Delta Airlines after 33 years and now two of my sons are flying in the military, he said, showing Morgan photos of an F-16. Becoming a pilot in the military is very competitive. You have to have a four-year degree from college and then go into pilot training.

Eshelman hopes that programs, like the one provided by the EAA, can reignite an interest in aviation for the next generation. At camp, boys and girls participate in a slew of activities, including air simulation where they learn to work as a team, visits to the EAA museum and a ride in a real airplane. For more information, visit eaa.org.