By James Eik
Staff Reporter 

Students told to dream and reach for the stars

Assembly at school named in his honor reminds students of the contributions of Columbia astronaut and Cheney High School graduate Michael Anderson


James Eik

Lt. Col. Dwight Peake said he remembers the Columbia disaster vividly.

Ten years ago, the West Plains lost one of its own in a tragic incident.

Lt. Col. Michael Anderson was one of the seven astronauts who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster Feb. 3, 2003.

An assembly last week at Michael Anderson Elementary on Fairchild Air Force Base celebrated Anderson’s contributions to the space program.

Students at the school produced a special edition of Eagle News, the student news program, which included a brief biography of Anderson’s life. The Michael Anderson Elementary Choralaires sang a few songs, dressed in tuxedo T-shirts, putting their talent...

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