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About Launch

The Launch Program at Pittsburg High School is a hands-on, student led class that focuses on developing real-world experiences through our involvement with local businesses. Launch was brought to Pittsburg High School in March of 2020, and is available to high school juniors and seniors. Since the beginning of Launch, we have grown to become a part of multiple projects throughout Pittsburg, staying committed to our goal of developing well rounded students and helping our community in the process.

Current Projects

Social Media

Like us on Facebook at /pittsburglaunch

Follow us on Instagram @pittlaunch

Student Bios

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Abe Alonso-Valdivia

I’m the design lead for "The Spot" and also part of the Kansas Polymer Research Center team for Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy gardening, watching the stock market, and spending time with my family.

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Parker Burns

I’m a website associate director and assistant social media manager in Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy tinkering with technology and hanging out with friends.

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Jourdain Granére

I’m a part of the project development and resource team in Launch working with the Kansas Polymer Research Center for Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy running, working out, learning to code, and hanging out with my friends and family.

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Aaliyah Hatfield

I’m the project manager for Leafy Greens in Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy working, taking my dogs for walks, and cooking with my grandparents.

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Cooper Hayden

I’m a website associate director and assistant social media manager in Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy playing sports, going to church, and spending time with my friends and family.

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Bryson Hoffman

I’m involved in both the KPRC research team and "The Spot" in Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy playing tennis and working.

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G. Paul Moss

I’m the project manager of "The Spot" and am currently working at the Kansas Polymer Research Center for Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy playing soccer, reading, computer programming and hanging out with my family.

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Gavin Steier

I’m the content manager for social media in Launch. Outside of Launch, I enjoy hanging out with friends, being creative with theatrical lights, and developing video game concepts.

Contact Us

Mindy Cloninger
Director of Community Partnerships
mcloninger@usd250.org
620-249-9364


Jamie Howard
Launch Instructor: STEM
jhoward@usd250.org




Morgan Westervelt
Launch Instructor: Business
mwestervelt@usd250.org



Sally Ricker
Launch Instructor: STEM
sricker@usd250.org

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