Evans High graduate makes shuttle's flight possible

By: Chad Mills Email
By: Chad Mills Email
Dana Hutcherson

Evans Middle and High graduate Dana Hutcherson is a flow director at NASA. She'll help get Space Shuttle Endeavour to the pad in time for its final launch. (March 9, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 9, 2011

EVANS, Ga.---She's a graduate of both Evans Middle and High School. Her name is Dana Hutcherson, and without her, Space Shuttle Endeavour wouldn't be able to make its way out to the pad for its final launch in April.

She's now a flow director for the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Retired Evans High School teacher Henry Quinn taught her back in the nineties.

"I had the opportunity to have her in class as a student," he said "Also I had a club that studied space topics after school and she was always there and always had a great deal of interest in it."

As Space Shuttle Discovery touched down at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday morning for the final time, Quinn watched on TV, but his former student won't be working on Discovery but rather Space Shuttle Endeavour. She's tasked with getting the space shuttle to the pad in time for its launch, which happens to be the last for Endeavour.

"This is its last flight, so it is bittersweet, when it's operating so well," Quinn said.

He's proud of Dana's accomplishments, and he hopes that other locals students will follow in her footsteps.

"We are a leader in the world because of our science and technology based upon the need for math, education, and science education," he said.

As for Dana, he hopes that he played a role in her success, but he says that she definitely played a role in his.

"It does make my years in education really worthwhile knowing that she's continued on this way and just really proud of what she's done," Quinn said.

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