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Parents and kids gather up for the beginning of class!
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Rockets preped, an excited group is ready to fly!  Keep yer eye on that young man, 2nd row, third from the left (green shirt)...
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First of the day!  Take note, as you view these pictures, of the wildly, wonderful and exciting paint jobs!
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First launch of the day!  Success!  We're off to a good start!
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Great recovery too!  Unfortunately, I didn't capture the 2nd launch!  My shutter finger must be slow today as I missed several!
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Next up!
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Still a tad slow on the shutter as I barely caught the tail of this one!  Gotta speed this up a bit!
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Great landing, right near the group!
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Ok, quicker on the shutter, but not THAT quick!  Yep, perfect flight began a millisecond after the shutter...
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Concentration as we hook up the clips.
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Posing for the camera!
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Perfect flight up and back!
We pause now for a special presentation!

The next rocketeer up is Taylor Charest.  After having launched rockets at Pollard Elementary for 11 years, I am proud to introduce you to the 1000th Pollard Elementary Rocket Scientist!

This is a special day with his parents and sister on hand, as well as the Principal, classmates and friends throughout the school.  Taylor had NO idea this was going to happen!

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Framed plaque commemorating this exciting event.  In addition, Taylor and his family received a 4-pack of tickets to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH (courtesy of FlisKits, Inc. and Water Country)
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Taylor and his family (and that strange rocket guy) pose for one more shot!
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Followed by a PERFECT FLIGHT! well, nearly so....  You see, in my excitement, I neglected to select Pad #2 on the controller, so our first count down to flight #1000 was really just a practice count down.  Then I selected Pad #2 and we did it all over again.
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And a perfect recovery!  Well done and congratulations Taylor!
And that concludes our little ceremony.  It was fun and a long time coming!
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Next up are flights number 1001 and 1002, for those who are still counting :)
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WHOOSH!
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Almost!
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For many, these launches all look the same, so why post them all?  Well, because, while they may all look the same to us, they look INCREDIBLE to the child who push the button on THIS launch!
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Parent Kristin Lewis provided me with this photo of me helping the next two rocketeers.  All I do is lower the rod and then raise it back into position for the launch.  The kids put the rocket ON the pad and hook up the igniter leads.
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All ready to go!
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And we have another fin lift off!
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Followed by a perfect recovery too!
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These young ladies went with a crayon motif for their rockets!
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Green is a GO! (I missed the yellow rocket!)
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Next up, the "Grinning Gringo's" are armed!
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Now that's MOVING!
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Not far behind, we climb to the sky!
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Hooking up the clips as her friend looks on.
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AWWWWWW!
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And away we go!
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Like twins!
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Ready to fly!
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Up, up and AWAY! (I missed the 2nd one)
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Stealthy and not-so-stealthy
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Stealthy or not, she flies great!
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Classmates looking on only make it better!  There's our Principal on the far right!
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Aim for the sky...
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...and try not to miss!
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ok, I like this girl on the left LOL  She asked "can we pose" and I said "sure"... 
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She flies as well as she poses!
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Another great flight with perfect recovery!
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Our last 2 of the class are ready to go!  Note we're seeing our last Whatchamacallit on the left and a model (I believe a Yankee) on the right.  This young man brought his own rocket and motor, from home, in the hopes he could fly it today!  Well, of course you can!
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The last Whatchamacallit of the class does us proud!
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So close!
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Last flight, perfect and VERY high!
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Landing nice and close too!
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Our 1st of 4 classes is done, as is our special ceremony.  I relax as I have about an hour before the next launch.  I notice that I am being spied upon by a group of giggling girls calling out "Hi Rocketman!"  Yeah, this is a good and fun day LOL

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