Submitted by Susan Fream, Massanutten Regional Governor’s School Director, regarding the work of Turner Ashby High School student, Hanson Cook.
Last year for his research project, Hanson Cook studied Mag Lev transportation and based on his research felt that it was unfeasible for a country the size of the United States. However, he firmly believed that increased usage of rail transportation can positively impact this country in a number of ways. So, this year he changed the scope of his project to study high speed rail systems in Virginia. He spent the year researching the benefits of high speed rail, interviewing a number of individuals, including Amtrak officials, members of the General Assembly and local Board of Supervisors, meeting individuals that work on the rail system, and traveling the state via the rail system. I believe he had over 65 hours of footage by the end of the year, which he used to create a documentary called on the High Speed Rail System. Unfortunately, due to the size of the documentary, I cannot email it to you.
As you can see in the email, he has been asked by the Executive Director of the Virginians for High Speed Rail to show his documentary at their annual meeting and answer questions. This is a tremendous honor for this young man.
Hanson’s documentary: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8ckbdKXyrumb3VZYWdqd3lhMU0/preview
From: Danny Plaugher
Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Subject: Fast Track Documentary & VHSR Annual Meeting
To: Hanson Cook
Your piece Fast Tracks is a fantastic documentary. If you’re out of school and able to make it, I would like you to show it at our 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20th in Richmond at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. We can give you five minutes before showing the documentary to talk about the process of why you wanted to talk about this subject and 15 minutes after to answer any questions from the audience. More information on the Annual Meeting can be found here: www.vhsr.eventbrite.com and we are in the process of securing either the Governor of VA or someone from USDOT as our keynote speaker for the event.
Let me know if this is something that you would be interested in doing? Once again, great job!
Danny Plaugher Executive Director | Virginians for High Speed Rail | www.VHSR.com