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2016

Julissa Torres

Julissa Torres

Age: 17
Hometown: Chicago
School: Institute of Health and Science Academy
Year: High School Senior
Future Major: Undecided

Why I want to become a pilot:

I want to become a pilot because it is uncommon to see Latino women in this industry. Latinos make up 5% of the aviation industry. The percentage of Latino women is less than 2%. I want to break barriers and encourage other girls to do the same.  

Hobbies and Interests:  

Aside from aviation, I am interested in becoming an entrepreneur, a paramedic, joining the Air Force and/or starting my own non-profit to give back to my community.

Organizations/Clubs:

National Honors Society, Cross Country, Spanish National Honors Society, Chicago Police & Fire Training Academy, Volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dreamers Club, ASM Aztec Dance and Volunteered St. Baldrick’s

 

Tyler McCray

Tyler McCray

Age: 18
Hometown: Chicago
School: University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
Year: College Freshman  
Major: Business Administration

Why I want to become a pilot:

I want to represent one in the two percent of 74 million African Americans throughout this universe to have a pilot license. Therefore, I’m taking up the challenge to earn my pilot's license. This would be an astonishing accomplishment! Since the age of 12, I have been actively learning the necessary skills needed in the area of engineering, thus garnering the knowledge to rebuild engines, transmissions, carburetors and more.

Hobbies and Interests:  

Aside from aviation, I’m also interested in business administration and owning my own aircraft repossession company. Also, I am interested in becoming a professional NASCAR Driver due to the love of speed. 

Organizations/Clubs:

National Honors Society and Magnetar Capital

 

Jaylen Bush

Jaylen Bush

Age: 17
Hometown: Lynwood, IL
School: Marin Catholic High School
Years: High School Senior
Future Major: Double Major in Aviation and History

Why I want to become a pilot:

Since I was a kid, it’s been my dream to become a pilot. My parents taught me that we have dreams for a reason – to accomplish them. When I get my private pilot’s license, I want to take my family places that we weren’t able to go. I look forward to meeting new people and constructing new relationships. I want to show all of the people who told me that “I can’t” that “I CAN”.

Hobbies and Interests:  

Aside from aviation, I enjoy baseball, drum corps, percussion, my family and my dog. 

Organizations/Clubs:

Top Teens of America, Marian Catholic High School Band

 

James Redmond

James Redmond

Age: 17
Hometown: Chicago
School: Muchin College Prep
Year: High School Senior
Future Major: Aviation

Why I want to become a pilot:  

I want to be a pilot because it affords everybody I know the pride of my accomplishment. I would be able to go everywhere I want to go and be able to accomplish things that would make me happy like flying to different places including overseas. I will also be able to fly my family around DeKalb. The possibilities are endless.

Hobbies and Interests:

I am interested in the Air Force. I also enjoy playing sports like football and rugby, and running track. 

Organizations/Clubs:

Embodi and 100 Black Men of Chicago

 

Michael Hogue

Michael Hogue

Age: 18
Hometown: Chicago
School: Bates College
Year: College Freshman
Double Major: Math & Aerospace Engineering

Why I want to become a pilot:  

When I was seven years old, someone I admired had a collection of model airplanes in his office. I would find myself being intrigued by them.  He encouraged me to become a pilot. Before he passed away, he gave me his collection of model airplanes and I still have them to this day. His words of encouragement helped guide me to find my passion in aviation.

Hobbies and Interests:  

I like to play the guitar, paintball, skateboarding, photography and drawing.   

Organizations/Clubs:

Aero Stars and Big Brother Big Sister

 

Giodanni Victor

Giodanni Victor

Age: 17
Hometown: Chicago
School: Chicago Bulls College Prep
Year: High School Junior
Future College Major: Aviation

Why I want to become a pilot:

I want to become a pilot because it is my dream to become a commercial pilot and fly a 737 and or a 777 plane.  Obtaining my private pilot’s license puts me one step closer to accomplishing my goal. It will be great to be able to solo fly, as well fly my family and friends.    

Hobbies and Interests:  

I enjoy playing sports and being social.  

Organizations/Clubs:

Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (MCJROTC) and football

 

Diego Perez

Diego Perez

Age: 17
Hometown: Chicago
School: Air Force Academy High School
Year: High School Senior  
Future College Major: Aeronautical Engineering

Why I want to become a pilot:

I want to become a pilot because I have never had the opportunity to travel. I enjoy meeting new people from different cultures. Becoming a pilot will give me the opportunity to see the world.    

Hobbies and Interests:  

Aside from aviation, I enjoy soccer, music, band and being outdoors.  

Organizations/Clubs: 

Cadet Staff, Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) and Leadership Program 

 

Andre Sanders

Andre Sanders

Age: 21
Hometown: Chicago
School: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Year: College Sophomore  
Major: Aviation Flight  Minor: Management

Why I want to become a pilot:  

I want to be a pilot because I have found a career that I absolutely love. Being in the air is an amazing experience; from looking down at how beautifully green the earth is, to soaring towards the horizon. The experience is amazing! I think it's safe for me to say that I have found my passion in life and I know where I belong - off into the wild blue yonder! 

Flying also challenges me because every day is a new obstacle. It is truly an adrenaline rush and having the responsibility to fly must be respected. It’s a blessing to have this opportunity so I can accomplish my dream.  

Hobbies and Interests: 

I enjoy hanging out with my family, friends, watching sports and all things aviation. 

Organizations/Clubs:

Air Force Reserves

 

Tyler Thomas

Tyler Thomas

Age: 17
Hometown: Chicago
School: Lincoln Park High School
Year: High School Senior
Major: Wants to Double Major in Aviation & Graphic Design

Why I want to become a pilot:

I want to become a pilot because the world is too big not to explore. This industry is booming and I could not picture a better job than getting paid to explore and expand my outlook on the world. It am fond of seeing the world from 3,000 feet in the air.  

Hobbies and Interests:

I enjoy playing football, basketball and music. 

Organizations/Clubs:

Urban League and football team