August15, 2007, vol xiii, number 8
The Sky is the Limit for Teenage Pilot
Eusineca Smith said that her
son Granville T. Smith Jr. never
missed the sound of an airplane.
As a toddler he would crane his
neck upward in fascination at the
flying objects, she said. Now 17
years old, the University of the Vir-
gin Islands student is about to em-
bark on his maiden Caribbean voy-
age flying a total of 1,680 miles
and visiting 10 islands in five days.
The trip is seven years in the Granville T Smith Jr, a c
making. Theo, as Granville T. Smith UVIposes near an airpla;
Jr. is affectionately called, had his gin his maiden Caribbear
first exposure to airplane flying gine Aztec Piper on Aug.
when his older brother bought him
a computerized flight simulator when he was eight years old.
He began taking flying classes at Ace Flight Center when he
was 10 years old. In August 2006 he took his first solo flight.
Theo said he is ready for his upcoming journey.
"I'm not scared. I like to fly," Theo said. "I am anxious
though." His mother said she is confident about her son's
safe return. "The way I look at it, whichever way my children
are bent to, I help them out and leave everything up to the
Lord," Smith said. "I feel good about it," she said. Theo's
fearlessness has added to her confidence.
The certified pilot will be accompanied by his father and
an airplane mechanic. They will leave St. Thomas on Aug.
27, and head to Aruba. That flight will have the longest con-
secutive flying time at about three hours. From Aruba the
certified pilot and student at
ie. The 17-year-old will be-
voyage aboard a twin en-
trio will go to Trinidad, Grenada,
Carriacou, Dominica, Guadeloupe,
St. Kitts, Antigua, Anguilla, Tortola
and finally back to St. Thomas. In
preparation, Theo said he has been
studying the airports of each of his
destinations runway dimensions,
facilities and services offered. He
has also been reading the manuals
for the twin engine Piper Aztec he
At each stop Theo will be
greeted by representatives from
the tourism department on that
island, his mother said. A wel-
come is also being planned on St.
Thomas for his return.
The maiden Caribbean flight is just another step to Theo's
vision of owning a corporate airline based in the Virgin Is-
lands. He plans to study aviation at Florida Memorial Univer-
sity upon graduation from the Tutu Church of God Academy
in 2008. Meanwhile Theo has accumulated 10 credits at UVI
where he has been taking music classes for the past two years.
He is also a musician for the Young Ambassadors Choir of
the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
The entire trip will cost more than $15,000. His family is
recruiting sponsorships and donations from the community to
defray the cost. For more information about Theo's maiden
Caribbean voyage or to make a donation call Ace Flight Cen-
ter at 776-4141.
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Reichhold Unveils 10 Performances for 2007-08 Season
The University of the Virgin Islands Reichhold Center for
the Arts unveiled its 2007-2008 season line-up with the back-
drop of calypso, food and community at the Chamber of Com-
merce Business After Hours on Aug. 9. P'Your Passion pro-
vided entertainment as crowds gathered to meet, mingle and
await the list of upcoming performances. The season includes
lots of dance, some R&B, two instrumentalists, zouk and
The season opens with Break! the urban funk spectacu-
lar, on Oct. 6. It features a look of hip-hop dancing over the
past 30 years. Playing Ring, which celebrates indigenous Car-
ibbean music and dance, returns for the third year. The Mor-
gan State University Choir, named "The Best College Choir
in the U.S." by Reader's Digest, will perform on St. Thomas
and St. Croix. Here is a list of the Reichhold Center's 2007-
* Oct. 6, 2007 Break! This theatrical dance production
features break dancers combining hard-hitting music with back
flips, spins and gravity-defying leaps. Break! charts the rise
of Hip-Hop dancing over the last 30 years.
Oct. 20, 2007 Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly -
Acclaimed for the energy and excitement of their live perfor-
mances, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly has released a
steady stream of number one R&B hits over 30 years, includ-
ing "Joy and Pain," "I Can't Get Over You," and "Golden
Time of Day."
Nov. 17, 2007 George Benson Benson has estab-
lished himself as one of the greatest guitarists in jazz. His
lyrics spawned such hits as "The Greatest Love of All" and
"Give Me the Night."
* Dec. 8, 2007 MOMIX is a company of dancer/illu-
sionists. For more than 20 years MOMIX has been celebrated
for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using
props, light, shadow, humor and the human body.
* Jan. 12, 2008 Kassav From the shores of Martinique
and Guadeloupe to the bright lights of Paris and the vibrant
streets of New York, Kassav traverses the globe as ambas-
sadors of Caribbean zouk music.
* Feb. 2, 2008 Playing Ring Reichhold Center contin-
ues its series of original productions celebrating music and
dance indigenous to the Caribbean. This third installment of
Playing Ring features scratch bands from the Virgin Islands,
as well as St. Lucia and Dominica.
* Feb. 16, 2008 Chris Botti Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti
is known as one of the nation's most compelling jazz artists.
Botti's CDs, featuring such guest artists as Sting, Gladys
Knight and Jill Scott have soared to the top of the jazz charts.
March 15, 2008 Beres Hammond A singer, songwriter
and producer, Hammond has been part of every facet of reggae
music, including ska and dancehall. Hammond's soulful voice
was made to profess such songs as "Putting up a Resistance,"
"Tempted to Touch" and "Rockaway."
* March 28 and 29 The Morgan State University Choir
- is one of the nation's most prestigious university choral en-
sembles. The choir has a unique brand of gospel, classical
and contemporary popular music.
* May 10, 2008 Golden Dragon Acrobats The Golden
Dragon Acrobats, direct from Hebei, China, represent the best
of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty seven
May 17, 2008 Complexions Dance Company -
Former Alvin Ailey principal dancers Dwight Rhoden and
Desmond Richardson created this dance company that rep-
resents cultural diversity with innovative flair.
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