Celebrating John Glenn


EHOVE Engineering and Industrial Tech students, along with Engineering Tech Instructor and Robotics Team Coach Jim McIntyre, attended NASA’S John Glenn’s 50 year Celebration on March 2 at Cleveland State University.

John Glenn is a former United States Marine Corps Pilot, Astronaut and United States senator.  As the pilot of Mercury Friendship 7, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962.  Among his many honors, Glenn received a Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 and a Congressional Gold Medal in 2011.  He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.  On October 29, 1998, he flew on Discovery (STS-95) becoming the oldest person to fly in space and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. 

So what was it like for EHOVE students to meet John Glenn and attend NASA’S 50 Year Celebration of John Glenn’s Legacy?  “Fifty years from now, for my students to see John Glenn speak, is something they will remember throughout their lifetime,” said Engineering Tech Instructor and Robotics Team Coach Jim McIntyre.  “For John and his wife to be there at the age of 91 was very cool.  He was very well spoken, and it is amazing he flew on a mission on the age of 72,” said McIntyre. 

The juniors and seniors at EHOVE who attended the NASA John Glenn Celebration summed up this experience in one word. Inspirational.  “It was really cool.  I was amazed by his jokes about going back to space at his age,” said Engineering Tech student Emily Lewis (Monroeville HS). 

“He is very inspirational to everyone.  He was very grateful to everyone, especially his wife.  He was very humble and very down to earth,” said  Engineering Tech student Hailey Langford (New London HS).

Some students were amazed by how active John Glenn is for his age, according to Engineering Tech student Joe Vekas (Western Reserve HS).  “It was a surprise.  He had awesome stories to tell,” Engineering Tech student student Ana Fischer Edison HS.

EHOVE students who attended the celebration felt John Glenn was a very good speaker and gave good advice.  “Go for what you believe in, keep trying, don’t give up.  Don’t stop until you achieve it,” said Engineering Tech student student Dylan Drake (Margaretta HS). 

“Very inspiring.  This man is a hero.  He is history,” said Engineering Tech student Gary Liebenthal (Perkins HS).

With so much positive feedback, one has to wonder what was EHOVE Engineering and Industrial Tech Students favorite moment at NASA?  Students did not hesitate to answer:  John Glenn’s humor, telling jokes, stories of John Glenn and other astronauts.  “Listening to his stories was very inspirational,” Engineering Tech student, Matthew Kelble, (Margaretta HS).  “I was very happy to meet John Glenn, and it makes me want to pursue Aerospace Engineering.”

EHOVE students were grateful for NASA Plum Brook’s General Skinner’s invitation to attend NASA’S celebration of John Glenn’s Legacy:  50 Years of Americans in Orbit.  “We have a strong relationship with NASA Plum Brook through our robotic team,” said McIntyre.  You can expect to see EHOVE students participate in future events at NASA. 

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