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B'ville: Ray, YMCA shoots for the stars

"We were very fortunate for our group to be chosen for a scholarship," said Whitford.

In an email to Storiale, Vaughn described the vision she had for the panel design, which was then carried out by the students.

"We picked the flag because it's an American icon," said Barone. "It goes along with equality and being American."

In the end, all the students agreed that their favorite parts of the project were sewing on their dreams for the future and working together to complete the panel.

Marsh, a former Syracuse University fine arts graduate student, will wrap the Dream Rocket in May 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's announcement of the United States' intention to send a man to the moon in 1961. Marsh is the same artist that wrapped the 50-year-old Citgo gas station on Nottingham Road in Syracuse in 2008. Both projects are part of the International Fiber Collaborative, a non-profit organization that "promotes global collaborative public art initiatives, a marriage of art & education," according to the official website. The IFC was founded by Marsh in 2007.

For more information on the Dream Rocket, visit Thedreamrocket.com. To register for a YMCA program, call Lesley Grants at 635-1050.

Students display their completed panel for the Dream Rocket project. Top row (from left): Colin Talty, Owen Conlon, Nicholas Barone, YMCA site assistant Rose Whitford. Bottom (from left): Andrew Carpenter, Mariah Armstrong, Maddy Sears and YMCA site coordinator Renee Storiale. Not pictured: Maryn Margrey, Morgan Burton, Julia Woodridge, Heide Lauer and Carl Livingston.

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