Students at the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte
School got the opportunity to explore South Dakota State University’s aviation
program and look a little deeper at what it’s like to go to college.
SDSU aviation professors, instructors and students brought two SDSU planes, a flight
simulator and more to show the high school students what a career in
aviation could be like. Calvin Traversie is a sophomore aviation student and
is a graduate of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School. He spoke to his former classmates
about the program and what SDSU is like he hopes they consider going in college.
It’s a chance to give the people that that I loved and cherished a chance to make
themselves better, increase their livelihood. Since he was a child, Traversie
would fly with his mother because of her work. He said after high school he was
offered a scholarship to play football, but chose aviation instead. I don’t
know planes were in my head I just couldn’t get it out of my head, just soaring,
this beautiful, it’s a beautiful thing. To get an idea of what Calvin had been
doing during his time at SDSU, Cheyenne- Eagle Butte students got to use the
flight simulator, which has controls like an actual plane. Those flying can choose
nearly any Airport in the world and see what is like to fly into that particular
place. The students also had the chance to ride
in the SDSU planes with an aviation student. I like when you start going up
in your stomach drops, I think that feels pretty cool. I don’t like to land
though. Most of the students hadn’t been in a plane as compact as the SDSU planes. Some students got the opportunity to
take control while flying. You barely move it, like he gave me the wheel and
I moved it a little bit and it turned and I was like, oh! These experiences were exactly what Sam
E. Dupris was hoping that the Cheyenne- Eagle Butte students would get. Dupris is
from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. After retiring from a
professional career in aviation, he wanted to expose Native American
students to the field as an option to consider after graduation.
Dupris called SDSU aviation to bring the program to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte school.
We had no representation whatsoever in the business so I took upon myself to
try to spread the word out here to the people and the students, families and
faculties about what careers in aviation. Dupris says that he hopes SDSU Aviation
will continue to teach the Cheyenne- Eagle Butte students in the coming years.
He enjoys seeing the students’ reactions and that more high school students will
consider attending college. It’s mind-boggling how how the feelings that
they get after listening to them talk after they’ve been in an airplane it’s
just they’re just it’s marvelous.