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Group of Wapato High School Students Spend Their Evenings As NASA Contractors

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WAPATO, WA. -- Some local high school students are working on a very specialized project that could someday end up on the International Space Station. 

It's not every day that you will find high school students working up to 6-hours after school on a project that is completely voluntary. But it's also not every day that you will find those students working directly alongside NASA and possibly sending their project to space. 

This is the small group of students working in Wapato's HUNCH program or High School students United with NASA to Create Hardware. It's a long name and an even more confusing job but to put it simply, these students are working voluntarily with  NASA scientists to create a better way to store fruit in space. 

"It's amazing," Esteban Velazquez, a Wapato High School Senior said. "I get to put this down on my resume, so hey look you have a kid who's worked as a NASA Contractor. How many other kids can say that?"

"They get to explore and follow the research trying to answer a question nobody has done this research or asked these questions before," Christopher Beyrouty said. "So the kids are the first ones."

The students hope to be able to travel down to Houston in April to present their project to NASA and personally test it out on a zero gravity flight. Pretty cool. 

The Wapato students could use your help. They need 24-thousand dollars for their trip to Houston. Right now they have just about half of that. If you want to help these students get an experience of a lifetime, contact the Wapato High School.