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Carlmont Student Flying High After Scholarship Win

Matt Moropoulos of Belmont will begin a flight-training program in April as recipient of the Upwind Summer Scholarship.

Two local young aviators are recipients of scholarships that will help them obtain their private pilot licenses.

Matt Moropoulos of Belmont, and Eric Dasmalchi of Half Moon Bay, were recently selected as winners of the 2013 Upwind Summer Scholarship program.

According to a statement released by Upwind, these aspiring young aviators have been awarded a complete primary flight -training program that begins with ground school in April and continues with flight training once the academic school year is completed.

Matt, the son of Chris Moropoulos and Leigh Herman, is a junior at Carlmont High School. He is a member and volunteer at Hiller Aviation Museum, a freelance web designer, and competes as a member of his school’s robotics team.

Matt’s first flight experience in a 2-seat Kitfox launched his passion for aviation.

“Seeing and feeling flight from the perspective of a small plane drastically changed how I thought of flying. I immediately felt a unique and personal connection to the aircraft. I saw the world from a new angle and perspective that day and I’ll never forget it,” said Matt.

In partnership with San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC), the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program (Upwind) was created to promote piloting and general aviation, and to cultivate interest in aviation as a career.

Upwind Program Director Michael Vowles reveals, “We are very excited to award our first scholarships this year to Eric and Matt. The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to receive their pilot’s license, giving them a foundation upon which to build their careers in aviation.”

For more information on Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, go to http://sancarlosflight.com/upwind.

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