Taking Flight

WCTA HOSA assisted in constructing hot air balloons on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd at Southern Hills Hospital for the 6th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The event was held to fundraise for the High School to Healthcare Scholarship. This scholarship provides money to high school students who wish to pursue a career in the medical field.

Both days started at sunrise. Students were split into groups, where with a professional, helped construct multiple hot air balloons.

From the ground up, WCTA HOSA students laid out the balloons on the dirt lot. The students then griped on ropes to hold up the balloons. Finally, they filled up the balloon with air from a fan, and the hot air balloon was set up in a blink of an eye.

Once the hot air balloons were made, paying customers hopped into the basket and the balloon took flight, waving goodbye to the people below. About 14 hot air balloons flew up on both mornings combined.

“It was really cool to see what was happening and how the hot air balloons were made. It was also really nice to help out the students with their college education,” said Christina Reyes, grade 9 HOSA member.

In addition to the hot air balloons, the festival also included a carnival filled with thrill rides, games, and of course, great food.

All in all, The Hot Air Balloon Festival was a tremendous and breathtaking experience for the WCTA HOSA volunteers, and one that they hope to help with in years to come.

Hot air balloons taking flight during the 6th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Photo Credit: Nikolai Apilado

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