Reaching for the stars

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Preethika Ganiger’s dreams are taking off, literally into the clouds, with the Australian Air League

Dream big, chase it, be persistent and achieve.

That’s the advice 13-year-old Preethika from Adelaide wants all girls her age to hear. She is achieving more than some of us can only imagine and her dreams of soaring into the sky as part of the Royal Flying Doctors is in the path of her future, with the Australian Air League (AAL).

For most part, the year 8 student at Brighton Secondary School is like a typical teen who goes to school and juggles extra-curricular activities. She loves dancing—both Bollywood and Indian classical Bharatnatyam, plays tennis and netball. But what sets her apart is that she is a St John’s Cadet and a student of AAL.

Preethika has been part of AAL since she was 8 years old with her mother by her side to help her dreams come true.

Preethika is excelling at the school, beginning as a cadet and then promoted to leading cadet, a role that requires her to take charge of cadets

Promoting aviation to young Australians for more than 70 years now, AAL, also known as the Primary school of Aviation, is entirely self-funded and staffed by volunteers who give their time generously to help the organisation achieve its goals.

The League also attends squadron parade nights once a week for approximately two hours, where they take part in a variety of interesting activities. “These include ceremonial drill, physical training, model aircraft building, and aviation theory classes, such as navigation and aircraft engines, training in first aid, life saving, camp craft and a variety of other interesting subjects,” she says.

Preethika is excelling at the school, beginning as a cadet and then promoted to leading cadet, a role that requires her to take charge of cadets. “The next step is corporal and then officer,” says Preethika. Among the many achievements Preetika has been awarded best in uniform, most improved cadet and first place in the aero modelling competition in 2016.

 

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