Henning grad revisits school – from spaceFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not unusual for former students to give back to their schools. One Henning grad went the extra mile, or in this case, 250 miles above Earth to inspire students.
By: Drew Trafton, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not unusual for former students to give back to their schools.
One Henning grad went the extra mile, or in this case, 250 miles above Earth to inspire students.
"Hello, my name is Ethan Houselog and I'm in 5th grade."
The students of Henning School were absolutely drawn in by their guest on Wednesday, which is pretty impressive considering that the speaker wasn't in the school. Or in Henning. Or the state of Minnesota.
Or even planet Earth.
"That's Karen Nyberg."
"She's an astronaut."
As part of NASA's In Flight Education Program Henning graduate Karen Nyberg got to speak from the International Space Station.
Nyberg: "Henning, Minnesota, I hear you loud and clear."
Through the Johnson Space Center to a packed gym full of students and community members, the same gym where she graduated from high school more 30 years ago with a dream.
Phyllis Nyberg: "She said she already knew that's what she wanted to do."
But today, Nyberg fielded questions from other dreamers.
Jenna Volkmann: "Are shooting stars prettier out in space than on Earth?"
Ethan Houselog: "I really think it's cool that once there was Karen Nyberg walking through these hallways, maybe in the same exact room that I'm in. "
For 20 minutes, students learned about life on the space station and the amount of work Nyberg put in to taking 2 trips to space. One of the groups Nyberg credited for her success were the teachers she had in Henning, like Mrs. Quammen, who still teaches English at Henning.
Marjorie Quammen: "I don't think she has to be floating in space to be successful, but it certainly is important for us in the community of, a small community like Henning, to see that a small school student can make it to the stars just like anyone else."
Even for students who have different professional aspirations, that message seemed to have come across loud and clear.
Amanda Otto: " I think it's more inspiring to make you do your best."
Because they know that no matter how many miles one of their own may be from the school, the inspiration she's sparked can be found just down the hallway.
Nyberg's 6 month mission on the International Space Station ends next month, Nov. 11.