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Dublin native determined to succeed

Kevin Kittinger, a senior at Central High School in Woodstock, Va., and a native of Dublin, is a prime example of a student determined to achieve success.
During this past school year, Kittinger applied for and was selected to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, which is an interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, modeled after the NASA award-winning Texas Aerospace Scholars program developed by NASA Johnson Space Center.
Throughout his participation in the program, Kittinger performed 245 hours of coursework and earned a 94.77 percent score. As a result, he will be receiving two college credits in Mechanical Engineering: Introduction to Aerospace."
As a highlight of the VASTS program, Kittinger will attend a six-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia this month.
According to the VASTS website (www.vasts.spacegrant.org), students selected to participate in this program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists.
Kittinger said he wants to stress the importance of getting an education and taking advantage of programs, such as the VASTS program, and added that those types of programs are out there— "you just have to be both willing to look and ask your school counselors for help."
In the future, Kittinger hopes to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and work toward his goal of becoming a bio-medical engineer. His inspiration for pursuing this career came from his aunt, Mitzi Baker, and his uncle, Bo DeLap, both who suffer from Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease which affects the nervous system, and also from his cousin, Cory Burke, who suffers from autism.
Kittinger said he would like to eventually be part of a team that could develop ways to help people with these types of disabilities "live full, productive lives."
Currently, Kittinger attends Central High School, but also attended Massanutten Military Academy for a period of time during his middle school years, where he earned the honors of "Cadet of the Year" for English and math, and earned the rank of cadet staff sergeant.
Before moving to Woodstock, Kittinger lived in Dublin, where he attended Dublin Elementary School. Most of his relatives, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, still reside in Dublin.
He is the son of Cyndi DeLap Pulis and Robert Kittinger, Jr.
Pulis commented that she hopes her son can be an example for other students, and that his story "will encourage other students, regardless of where they attend school, how important education is and that any dream is obtainable. You just have to be willing to work hard to accomplish those dreams."
She also said, "God has given everyone a gift, and it does not matter if your roots are from a small town, a suburb or big city, because every student has the opportunity to develop those gifts."

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Dublin native determined to succeed

Kevin Kittinger, a senior at Central High School in Woodstock, Va., and a native of Dublin, is a prime example of a student determined to achieve success.
During this past school year, Kittinger applied for and was selected to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, which is an interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, modeled after the NASA award-winning Texas Aerospace Scholars program developed by NASA Johnson Space Center.
Throughout his participation in the program, Kittinger performed 245 hours of coursework and earned a 94.77 percent score. As a result, he will be receiving two college credits in Mechanical Engineering: Introduction to Aerospace."
As a highlight of the VASTS program, Kittinger will attend a six-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia this month.
According to the VASTS website (www.vasts.spacegrant.org), students selected to participate in this program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists.
Kittinger said he wants to stress the importance of getting an education and taking advantage of programs, such as the VASTS program, and added that those types of programs are out there— "you just have to be both willing to look and ask your school counselors for help."
In the future, Kittinger hopes to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and work toward his goal of becoming a bio-medical engineer. His inspiration for pursuing this career came from his aunt, Mitzi Baker, and his uncle, Bo DeLap, both who suffer from Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease which affects the nervous system, and also from his cousin, Cory Burke, who suffers from autism.
Kittinger said he would like to eventually be part of a team that could develop ways to help people with these types of disabilities "live full, productive lives."
Currently, Kittinger attends Central High School, but also attended Massanutten Military Academy for a period of time during his middle school years, where he earned the honors of "Cadet of the Year" for English and math, and earned the rank of cadet staff sergeant.
Before moving to Woodstock, Kittinger lived in Dublin, where he attended Dublin Elementary School. Most of his relatives, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, still reside in Dublin.
He is the son of Cyndi DeLap Pulis and Robert Kittinger, Jr.
Pulis commented that she hopes her son can be an example for other students, and that his story "will encourage other students, regardless of where they attend school, how important education is and that any dream is obtainable. You just have to be willing to work hard to accomplish those dreams."
She also said, "God has given everyone a gift, and it does not matter if your roots are from a small town, a suburb or big city, because every student has the opportunity to develop those gifts."

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