Pilot tells Scotlandville students about importance of character

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some budding engineers got to meet a world famous pilot Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

Capt. Barrington Irving was the youngest man to fly around the world solo in 2007. He spoke to students at Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy, which focuses on careers in STEM fields.

Irving talked about the importance of STEM and character.

"Today is about having students see beyond not only what they see in the four walls of their classroom, but in their community and in the world," said Irving.

Some students at the school surprised Principal Shalika Scott with a prosthetic hand they built as part of a science project. Scott was both gracious and impressed with the touching gift.

"I know that sometimes principals get a bad rap as the mean person, but just to know that they truly do love me and care about me to do something of this sort, so I'm so proud of them," said Scott.

They built it for her after learning about robotics in class.

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