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McDade students meet Ted Cruz

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    From left to right: Luz Rameriz, Barbara Marchbanks, James Dube, Evan Allen. Not pictured: Heather Stidham Photo courtesy of McDade ISD

McDade High School students recently visited with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and shared their experiences in launching a satellite that they had built.

Seniors Evan Allen and Luz Rameriz and freshman James Dube traveled with McDade ISD Superintendent Barbara Marchbanks and director Heather Stidham to Second Baptist Church in Houston. The students were able to join with students from Second Baptist Academy and participate in a live stream from the International Space Station (ISS). Students were able to ask Astronaut Christina Koch, who was on the ISS, questions about life in space and her role on the space station.

The students also listened as Cruz, an alumnus of Second Baptist Academy, talked about his years at the academy and his interest in the ISS program.

“Our ultimate goal is to inspire kids through building a space-based curriculum that could be shared with all,” Cruz said. “We wanted to have a couple early-win victories by flying small projects in space before we had an event of this magnitude (speaking of the live stream with the ISS). Certainly, after this event, the initiative will spark what I hope to be a comprehensive program.”

After the live stream with the ISS, McDade students were able to talk to Cruz and share their experience with their satellite program. Second Baptist Academy students had also sent a couple of satellites into space.