THE WILSON FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Named in honor of Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) science teacher, Wilson Flight, this fund was endowed by a grant from The George and Roberta Berry Supporting Organization, will provide an annual scholarship of $4,000 in perpetuity.
Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Mr. Flight spent his formative years in Newfoundland, Canada before returning to Everett where he graduated from high school. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Geology. He then earned an M.S. in Geological Oceanography at the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. at Rivier College in Nashua, NH.
Mr. Flight came to CCHS in 1978 after teaching for five years at the Concord Middle School. During his tenure at CCHS he taught Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Most notably, however, he taught Earth Science, which he introduced in his first year at the High School. In 1992, Mr. Flight was a Finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and he was recognized by the Geological Society of America as one of the Outstanding Earth Science Educators in the United States. In 1993, he received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Award in the Teaching of Science. In 1995, he received Northeastern University's Distinguished Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Tandy Award for the Innovative use of Technology in the classroom, and he was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most creative minds in education in America. By the time he retired from full time teaching in 2004, the Earth Science program he had introduced had grown to 12 classes.
Mr. Flight firmly believed that the best way for students to learn Geology and Environmental Science was to get on site and directly view and experience the subject matter being studied. To that end, he led students on field trips to the Canadian Rockies, the American Southwest, Iceland, Africa, and Japan. Once a month for over 25 years, Mr. Flight would take groups of students hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, mountain biking, camping, sailing, kayaking, and rafting to every corner of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He would often be joined on these expeditions by his family and many colleagues who would chaperone and prepare meals.
For many years Mr. Flight also co-owned and operated the Down East Outdoor Education School, a non-profit venture based in Maine that provided educational trips during the summer for high school students. These trips provided a comprehensive understanding of the geology, history, and archaeology of the area. He also served for three years as a Trustee of The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle.