SV99s Meet with Shaesta Waiz

Shaesta WaizSeveral members of the Scioto Valley 99s chapter welcomed Shaesta Waiz and her friend Alberto Abed to Columbus on July 16. They flew from Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach, FL, to CMH on their way to Oshkosh. Part of the welcoming party was Susan Reid, the sister of Jerry Mock, the first woman to circumnavigate the world. As part of the Dreams Soar project, Shaesta will be circumnavigating the world herself, solo, next year. Ms. Mock provided inspiration and gave her endorsement to Shaesta last year. Shaesta intends her flight to inspire and encourage young women everywhere to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Shaesta was born in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, just before her family fled to the U.S. She is Afghanistan’s first woman civilian pilot. Her father currently lives in Afghanistan and is a member of Presdent Ashraf Ghani’s staff. Learn more about Shaesta’s planned flight at http://www.dreamssoar.com. -Paula Rumbaugh  
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