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Christiana Garcia/For the Optic
From left: Cameron Sandoval, a freshman at West Las Vegas High School, goes through a checklist with West Las Vegas School board member Robert Witters and sophomore Ezekiel Duran on Wednesday at the school. Witters and the school’s MESA club, have been preparing for a high- altitude balloon launch for roughly two months. The launch is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.
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Editor’s note: Maribella Duran, a junior at West Las Vegas High School, wrote this article. She is part of the school’s MESA club and serves on the public information team for the high altitude balloon project. Christiana Garcia, who is the lead photographer for this project, is a sophomore at the school.

By Maribella Duran
For the Optic