ROCKLAND — An eighth-grade graduate at Rockland’s Pen Bay Christian School, Vivian Odone sees more than a high school education in her future. Vivian’s goal is reaching for the sky, literally. Her goal is to become a pilot.
Vivian has attended Pen Bay Christian School since Kindergarten. She is the daughter of Russell and Tracy Odone of South Thomaston and is the youngest of their four children. When not in school or scooping ice cream at Dorman’s, Vivian can best be described as an active, outdoors woman. She is also a voracious reader. She is at home on the family’s farm. You also may find her kayaking with her Border Collie, Memphis. With her father’s guidance she also knows her way around a chainsaw. As a fifth grader, Vivian discovered Origami. It wasn’t long before her hobby became a classroom art project where everyone in her class including the teacher became devotees.
Last summer, when other students her age were enjoying their summer vacation in more typical ways, Vivian continued her learning by attending “Flight Camp” at Baptist Park in Mapleton. While at this week-long camp, she used her excellent math skills to assist older students in computing difficult problems on mileage; and of course, she also flew a plane.
After Baptist Park, she attended a five day camp with Inspiration Aviation Ministries with whom she logged five hours of in the air flight training. This included landing and taking off from a grass strip in Appleton. She also did mechanical work on a plane under the tutelage of a licensed flight mechanic. Her experiences have introduced her to general aviation as well as missionary aviation.
Currently undecided as to what type of pilot she wants to be, Vivian is considering missionary aviation. She is well aware this career would take her into remote areas where airfields are mostly a luxury. Whatever career she eventually chooses, those who know her expect her to soar to success. Congratulations to our eighth grade graduate.