After landing on earth NASA astronaut and School of the Osage graduate Michael Hopkins has been showered with appreciation from the community. Even though he hasn’t arrived in the lake area yet, he’s already been named grand marshal of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade at the Bagnell dam strip. According to event organizer Jeff Carroll, Hopkins has become a local hero after going to space in the past year and they want to share his positive impact with the community. Although Hopkins will not actually be able to attend the parade, in his absence the School of the Osage art department will display a piece of art they created to represent him in the parade. Once the parade is over, the students plan to send him the art as a token of their appreciation. The parade starts this Saturday on the strip around 1 o’clock.