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Hillsboro Students Help Honor Wright Brothers’ Mother


Students at Hillsboro Charter Academy (HCA) were part of a ceremony rededicating an historical marker honoring Catherine Korner Wright, the Wright brothers’ mother, who was born near the Loudoun County village.  

The ceremony, which took place on December 17, included remarks from Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton; Phyllis J. Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; and Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance.  HCA students Darcy Frame, Skyler Moeser and Teagan Tucker helped Vance remove the covering from the restored marker, which was put in place on December 17, 1929.  (December 17th is a very important date in the Wright brothers’ lore. They successfully completed their first manned flights on that date in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, N.C.)

HCA teacher Megan Tucker said the school has a “aviation fascination” and that aeronautics is an important part of the curriculum.  HCA students in the crowd also performed a dance with Tucker leading them from the podium.  

Historian Tom Crouch told the group gathered for the ceremony that Catherine Wright was the mechanically inclined parent in the Wright household. Her skill at fixing household items and building toys for her children was an inspiration to her sons Orville and Wilbur.

As part of the rededication ceremony, members of the Smokehouse Pilots Club flew nine vintage aircraft and a helicopter over the rededication site.

School Board member Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge District) also attended the ceremony.





Published January 7, 2022