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Seventh Graders Attend Jarvis Memorial Dedication

Jarvis Dedication On May 3, 15 seventh grade students from Frankfort-Schuyler Middle School attended the Gregory B. Jarvis Memorial Dedication at Herkimer College.


The memorial was created to recognize Mohawk native Gregory B. Jarvis who was a payload specialist on Challenger mission STS 51-L and perished in the Challenger shuttle explosion on January 28, 1986. The memorial features artifacts and memorabilia donated by NASA, including a Challenger-era helmet and a Challenger flight suit. Marcia Jarvis, Gregory Jarvis’ widow, also donated a Flight 51-L commemoration plaque, space flight medals and other artifacts to the memorial.


Efforts to establish the memorial began in the fall of 2017 when students from all 16 school districts in Herkimer County wrote to NASA requesting a memorial for Jarvis. During the dedication ceremony, students from area schools spoke of Jarvis’ perseverance and determination in joining NASA and becoming part of the Challenger team.


Guest speakers at the event included Herkimer County Legislator John Brezinski; Bernard Peplinski, Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature; Joe Nehme, CNY Director for US Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer; Marc Barraco, Mohawk Valley Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo; Jason Phelps, District Office Deputy Director of Congressman Anthony Brindisi; NASA Astronaut Dr. Stanley Love and NASA Engineer Scott Wilson.


Frankfort-Schuyler students who attended the event were Colin Bick, Brandon Cook, Santino Curley, Lenarae Johnson, Victoria Liggins, Angela Lyubezhanina, Giovanni Maldonado, Brianna Mullenax, Coleson Payne, Amar Perry, Angelina Randazzo, Molly Reid, Joseph Scholl, Natalie Smith and Xion Wilson.


The Frankfort-Schuyler students are pictured with NASA Engineer and Frankfort-Schuyler graduate Scott Wilson, who is currently working on the Orion Program at NASA.