|The LDM Flight Team: Brittney, Skyler, Emily, Conner, and Jacqueline|
Round 4 of this school year's Farpoint Voyagers Club Long Duration Mission has been exciting, stressful and as far from your normal "walk through the park" mission as could be. All of this excitement is brought to the Voyager cadets through the hard work and sleepless nights of our behind the scenes staff. As the grand and exalted leader of this dream team of practitioners of the Space EdVentures Arts, it is my duty and privilege to introduce them to you. These photos are untouched and unrehearsed. They show our team in their natural habitat, doing what they love to do - flying squadrons in space and blowing them up at every possible opportunity.
The look on Emily Paxman's face tells it all. She and husband, Skyler, are on the hunt for a mission strike. They've cornered the Magellan and sense a weakness in the captain's plan. "Kill them, Kill them!" Emily shouts as Skyler maneuverers the mouse as deftly as a seasoned surgeon removing a pair of worn tonsils.
"STRIKE!" Emily shouts. Yes, another Romulan ship crossed that line in the sand. The cadets on the bridge moan in pain as the flight team celebrate another victory. Ah, the sweet sounds of success. The thrill of the hunt manifested in the faces of adults blessed with morbid senses of humor :)
Conner and Jacqueline hear Emily and Skyler celebrating on their side of the control room and feel frustrated. Jacqueline is chastising Conner for not delivering a strike for their score. "I'm doing the best I can," Conner replies. "I'm a flight director, not a tactician."
Emily and Conner take a breather after the crew's second strike. "What else could we be doing tonight?" Emily asked.
"Nothing this entertaining," Conner replied.
"True, so true," sighed Emily.
Troops, your LDM Flight Team. They deserve your respect and admiration. They are the epitome of volunteerism. Without them there would be no LDM this season. I admire them for their talents and willingness to make this a reality.
A Voyager Construction Update
A few pictures to show construction is underway on the new USS Voyager at Renaissance Academy.
Dave Daymont, Alex DeBirk and Alex Anderson check on the progress.
The Anderson brothers along with Alex Debirk, the construction foreman, and Renaissance Director Mark Ursic review the plans. The ship's walls go up next week along with the first electrical work.
Today work was stared on the entrances to the engine room and sick bay.
Stay tuned for updates.
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