Ojai Valley News photos by Tim Dewar
Ojai Valley School students are all smiles just minutes before the balloon launch.
Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
Several Ojai Valley School students took an assignments to new heights Thursday.
In the pre-dawn fog, they gathered on the school's lower campus athletic field to try to top an effort by a group of last year's students — send a weather balloon higher than 85,000 feet, have it stay in the air longer and then find and retrieve it sooner than the four attempts it took them.