Today I covered Bloomington High School’s participation in the Fly Forward Challenge at Calhoun Air Center at the Victoria Regional Airport. Days like this make me even more baffled about why newspapers would cut their photo staff. We had this package as our front page centerpiece, which I wrote, shot and produced a slideshow for! Talk about multitasking.

(left to right) Estella Aguirre, 17, Elizabeth Arredondo, 17, Cynthia Resendez, 18, Ariana Ortiz, 17, Samantha Oritz, 18, and Brittany Wallace, 18, of Bloomington High School, wait their turn to fly in the Eurocopter EC120 at the Calhoun Air Center at Victoria Regional Airport. Women of all ages were invited to experience free flights in a helicopter or plane as part of the Fly it Forward challenge during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

Estella Aguirre, 17, is secured into the front seat of the Eurocopter EC120 by Pilot Dianna Stranger, left, and Erin Cude, Chief Flight Instructor, right, at the Calhoun Air Center at Victoria Regional Airport.

Cynthia Resendez, 18, prepares for takeoff in the front seat of the Eurocopter EC120 at the Calhoun Air Center at Victoria Regional Airport. Pilot Dianna Stranger, right, sat and helped her buckle in for the flight. Stranger was one of three pilots with the Calhoun Air Center who were giving women of all ages free flights to spread the love of aviation.

Elizabeth Arredondo, 17, laughs as she buckles up in the back seat of the Eurocopter EC120 at the Calhoun Air Center at Victoria Regional Airport. Elizabeth was nervous because of her fear of heights but was excited for the experience. “I don’t know when I’ll have another chance to do something like this.” she said.

Here is the little slideshow I did:

Here is the story I wrote to go with it.