DMS Eighth-grade Girls are Inspired to Reach for the Impossible
A group of Damascus Middle School’s eighth-grade girls traveled to the Abingdon Cinemall after school on Monday, January 23 to see Hidden Figures. The movie, based on the book written by Virginia native Margot Lee Shetterly, tells the story of the female African-American mathematicians who worked as “computers” at NASA. Accompanied by their core teachers, Mrs. Carolyn Foster-Doss, Mrs. Robin Holmes, Mrs. Rhonda Mossholder, and Mrs. Shauna Reynolds, counselor Mrs. Bobbie Testerman, and librarian Mrs. Valerie Cox, the students were amazed by the vital role that these women played in launching America’s space program and concerned about the fact that history books never mention these women. One student stated that her favorite part of the movie was when Katherine Johnson takes a stand against the injustice of segregation and her boss at NASA listens. Another student was impressed by the determination of Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson to achieve their goals in spite of the many obstacles placed in front of them. Giving female students the opportunity to see this movie as inspiration for female involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math fields was the brainchild of science teacher Mrs. Holmes. Hidden Figures serves to inspire all of us--to not limit ourselves to only those things that seem possible, but to strive to reach the impossible!