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Genaro Lozano: the flying eagle

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Genaro Lazano (left) and friend Chase Funkhouser (right)

Genaro Lazano (left) and friend Chase Funkhouser (right)

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Genaro Lazano (left) and friend Chase Funkhouser (right)


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Genaro Lozano, Orcutt Academy senior, has a busy schedule between flying hot air balloons and becoming an Eagle Scout.

 

Hot air balloon flying is not a common hobby for many high schoolers, however, Genaro is an exception. Genaro, introduced to the sport by his grandfather, took his first balloon ride when he was less than a year old. Since then, he has been attending summer camps to further his balloon knowledge whilst traveling to Truckee and Coalinga, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been “getting burner time,” and flying the balloons for the past three years.

 

This hobby is stemmed out of pure joy. Genaro expresses how much fun he has flying, “It’s really hard to explain the feeling of weightlessness when you’re flying above the ground.” Genaro feels a sense of pride, continuing his grandfather’s past time. While school leaves little time for his hot air balloon adventures, he still gets to fly at least twice a year.

 

On top of piloting hot air balloons, Genaro is also an Eagle Scout. He originally joined the Boy Scouts because he liked that the organization was run specifically by the boys, teaching them many leadership skills. “We decide what we want to do each summer, what we want to do each month. The only thing adults provide is support and the rides to get people to events,” Genaro shares.

 

Reaching the level of “Eagle” is an impressive accomplishment. Scouting is divided into seven ranks. To move from each level you have to learn basic skills, responsibility, knot tying, Scout code, leadership skills, and to reach the Eagle Scout level you have to complete a community service project. Genaro’s project was a recycling workshop for third graders. From this, his troop was able to make a workshop that the National Forest Service was able to take down and set up at different schools in the area.

 

Through the Boy Scouts program, Genaro has learned valuable skills and been shaped into a better person. He recommends the program for anyone looking to learn important life skills and make new friends.

 

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