Mayor Michael and Supervisor Rutherford Honor ALCS STEM Achievements

ALTA LOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL—Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael and Janice Rutherford, the Second District Supervisor for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, recognized seven present and past ALCS students for their historic accomplishments in STEM space science and engineering, as part of middle school Back-to-School Parent Information Night on Monday, August 21.

Stephanie Rose, the Youth Council Coordinator and District Representative for Supervisor Rutherford, was also in attendance, as ALCS’ history-making SpaceEagles STEM ISS Space Science and Engineering Team students were presented awards on behalf of the City of Rancho Cucamonga and the County of San Bernardino. Honored were current eighth graders Michelle L., Tyler B., and Ishan S., and eighth grade Class of 2017 graduates Evan M., Jeffrey K., Simon N., and Samuel B.

The city and county officials also recognized the ISS team mentor-teachers (Mrs. Michelle Martinez, Ms. Jasmine Royse, Mrs. Laura Deck, and Dr. Jim DellaNeve) and ISS team administrators (Mrs. Renee’ Winn and Dr. Nichols) during the special ceremony.

“We were extremely privileged to have Mayor Michael, Supervisor Rutherford, and Youth Council Coordinator Rose be our guests as they honored our students,” said ALCS Head of School, Dr. Vance Nichols. “It was a wonderful time of recognizing our extraordinary kids, and we thank God for His provision and blessing.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Nichols presented Mayor Michael, Supervisor Rutherford, and Youth Council Coordinator Rose each with a limited edition mission patch, and made them honorary SpaceEagles.

Alta Loma Christian School’s Orbital Experiment Mission 1 (OEM-1) was launched to the ISS on Saturday, June 3 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with arrival at the ISS aboard a refurbished SpaceX Dragon capsule on Monday, June 5.

Their experiment will return to space a second time in spring 2018, accompanied by upcoming ALCS OEM-2, which will set another spaceflight record, marking the first time that middle school experiments created over multiple years by multiple teams at the same school site (and multiple school sites) will travel to the ISS.

Learn more about the SpaceEagles STEM program and The Eagle Center for Creativity and Innovation (TECCI) on our Technology and Media page.