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Project GRAD High School Students Tour Memorial Hermann Life Flight®

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A group of enthusiastic high school students recently toured Memorial Hermann Life Flight® as part of Project GRAD, a program that works to improve lives in low-income communities by helping students develop and achieve their educational aspirations. GRAD scholars and their parents commit to making college and career readiness a priority, reaching important milestones along their journey toward high school graduation.

The group of students began their day at UTHealth Medical School before stepping foot onto the John S. Dunn helistop where they were welcomed by Life Flight Nurse Rick Liang and Pilot Lewis Geil. The special guests took turns sitting in a Life Flight helicopter and asked questions about Life Flight’s thousands of life-saving missions. Brian Garcia, who will begin his junior year at YES Prep North Central in the fall, won’t soon forget his visit to the helistop.

“Being this close to the Life Flight helicopter is awesome, but getting to talk to the people who actually work in there has made this a great experience,” he said.

For Natalie Chucle, current lifeguard and junior at KIPP Generations High School, the tour validated her dream of becoming a paramedic. “Maybe one day I can fly here, too,” she said.

Conquering her fear of heights for the tour, Shania Holmes, senior at Jack Yates High School, was surprised to learn the number of passengers who could fly in one helicopter during a mission. “I’ve always thought it was just one other person in the helicopter – the pilot,” she said. “I was surprised to hear that there is a flight nurse and another flight paramedic.” Shania also learned that Life Flight was specially equipped to transport both children and adults, so that families could travel together to Memorial Hermann, if needed.

Just before leaving, the GRAD scholars heard the sound of the helistop horn, signaling an incoming flight, and eagerly watched as Life Flight came in for landing.