Presidio Students honored at White House

Today (February 7), Presidio High School students were honored at the White House by President Barack Obama during a national Science Fair demonstration.

The Alpine Daily Planet featured the story of Janet Nieto and Ana Karen, members of the Presidio High School Rocketry Team that competed as a National Finalist in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Also visiting President Obama was Gwynelle Condino, a 7th grade student, and TARC team leader, at Lucy Franco Middle School in Presidio.

President Obama with Presidio students Janet Nieto, Gwynelle Condino, and Ana Karen, White House, February 7, 2012 (AP photo).

Shella Condino is the physics teacher with a knack for rocketry who led the students to national recognition. Other news reports on the event include the Dallas News, which recounts how the girls told the President about a Presidio tradition:

As Obama was leaving their exhibit, Gwynelle, a seventh-grader at Lucy Rede Franco Middle School, stopped him.

“Um, Mr. Obama? We have a tradition in Presidio rocketry to have a group hug after every project,” she said.

Obama said he liked the tradition and gave them all a hug.

In this video clip, President Obama shoots a marshmallow rocket and gives a hug to the Presidio kids.

President Obama watches as student fires a marshmallow rocket at the White House, February 7, 2012.


President Obama hugs students from Presidio TX, White House, February 7, 2012 (AP photo).


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