By Michael Abeyta

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Some Colorado Skies Academy 8th graders took flight on Friday as part of their lesson plan. It was a crisp, cool morning in Boulder when they left their classroom behind and got up in the air.

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Colorado Skies Academy students prepare to take flight (credit: CBS)

“It was really cool,” said Hannah Najem who just took a flight.

Josh Sampson who also got an aerial tour of the city said, “You could see everything, it was really pretty.”

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Colorado Skies Academy students prepare to take flight (credit: CBS)

While autumn high above Boulder is a nice view, these two middle school students from Colorado Skies Academy weren’t up there sightseeing, they were studying.

“It was really, really cool. Like, you got to see how it works,” said Hannah.

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Hannah Najem (credit: CBS)

Hannah is an 8th grader and says they’ve been learning the physics behind gliders and how to fly them for a while now, but getting out into the field and actually seeing theory in practice is pretty cool.

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Colorado Skies Academy students prepare to take flight (credit: CBS)

“You do learn the concepts in class and then once you see it in real life it’s like, ‘Oh wow, this is actually happening,” said Hannah.

That’s why her parents enrolled her in this school, to nurture her interest in aerospace while she learns her fundamentals.

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Colorado Skies Academy students prepare to take flight (credit: CBS)

“She always has been interested in flights and planes,” said Hannah’s father Rafik Najem.

Rafik watched his daughter board a glider with a pilot and take off.

All the while playing it cool, “I wasn’t nervous or anything.”

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Colorado Skies Academy students take their lessons up in the air (credit: CBS)

When Hannah lands her smile is un-containable. It’s hard to hide the joy she and her dad get when Hannah explores her passion.

“It’s great. I don’t know how to describe it to be honest with you. I love to see her smile and do what she loves to do,” said Rafik.

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Colorado Skies Academy students take their lessons up in the air (credit: CBS)

In addition to learning about flight and airplanes at Colorado Skies Academy, the students will also get to become glider pilots when they turn 14.

Michael Abeyta

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