Charlene Dehn, superintendent of the Manchester-Shortsville Central School District, recently spoke to the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club. Dehn, a licensed pilot, started the Red Jacket Flying Club — the only youth school-affiliated flying club in the state — at Red Jacket High School in Shortsville.
The Victor native became superintendent in 2013. She owns a 1969 Cessna 172 Skyhawk, which she houses at the Hopewell airport in the summer and Penn Yan airport in the winter. Dehn said she uses her lifetime interest in aviation to expand opportunities for Red Jacket students.
Six students currently participate in the flying club. Dehn developed an interest in creating the club after she was approached by a fifth grader who wanted to become a pilot. Eventually, she was able to implement the club as a school-affiliated program.
Dehn explained the issues and hurdles she had to overcome when establishing the club. In November 2017, the board of education approved the Red Jacket High School Flying Club.
Dehn discussed other programs for students with an interest in becoming pilots or pursuing an education in aeronautics. Scholarships are available through the Young Eagles program of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and programs sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Victor-Farmington Rotarians were surprised with a visit by Claudia Deiana, the 2017-18 exchange student from Italy. Deiana kept in contact with many of her classmates at Victor Senior High School. She was in town for a two-week visit, and planned to spend time with her friends and other Rotary exchange students visiting the area.
Deiana said she finished high school and plans to attend Catholic University in Milan this fall. She will pursue a course of studies involving English and global affairs.
When asked about her most memorable moment during her year as an exchange student, she said, “There were too many great moments to single out one as the most memorable. They all were.”
When asked if she developed a food favorite during her exchange experience, she immediately said, “Two things: French toast, and mac and cheese.”