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Samuel Hoffman - The Journal Gazette
Fifth graders from St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic school, from left, Zach Wood, Grant Hershberger, Maria Denning and Madison Martin conduct an experiment to measure liquid volume at the new Starbase classroom at the 122nd ANG base, Thursday. The Blacksnakes cut the ribbons on three new facilities, including the Starbase science education center, an on-base recruiting office and a Deployment and Wellness Center.

Looking for a Shot

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/60 s

Aperture: f/5.6

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 800

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 21 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

Nobody said this would be a swift assignment even though ribbon-cuttings are usually over quickly. But the 122nd ANG had four - count 'em - four ribbons to cut Thursday morning.

There were three new spaces to open and a ribbon to cut to open the ceremony to introduce the other three ribbons. Plus about two hours of speeches.

But, time was running out, so after the second ribbon, I jumped to the end and headed for the STARBASE: a classroom designed to teach kids about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. And there I found a photo that didn't involve people with over-sized scissors. Just kids having fun...and the STARBASE sign above them.

- Samuel Hoffman, Photojournalist