“Airplanes And Architecture” By Julia Valle #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

“Airplanes And Architecture” By Julia Valle #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

Julia Valle is a winner of the $750 #NonRevSpiritAward for the 2018 fall semester. Sometimes she flies to New York, just for lunch in the city! Now that’s #NonRevLife. The daughter of an American Airlines customer service representative, Julia’s been playing “Hunger Games: Airport Edition” on the non-rev list and traveling her entire life. When she’s not zip-lining through the Congo Forest in Costa Rica, she’s studying at California Polytechnic State University as an Architecture major.

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“Falling In Love With Traveling” By Monika Talastas #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

“Falling In Love With Traveling” By Monika Talastas #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

This savvy girl isn’t just the daughter of an airline employee (her father’s a Customer Service Agent for Delta), she’s part of the aviation community herself! A proud student pilot, she’s currently attending the University of West London to study Aviation Management. You can even find her working alongside her airline family at London Heathrow Airport during the school year.

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“Meeting Cuddles Jr.” By Alexis Thomeczek #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

“Meeting Cuddles Jr.” By Alexis Thomeczek #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

Say hello to Alexis! This sweet gal’s been non-revving since she was a mere two months old (thanks to momma being an FA over at American). You can currently find her studying at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She’s majoring in Nursing. No stranger to the NYC airports (LaGuardia especially), Alexis has used her non-rev benefits to explore the world but also to keep her family close.

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“Take A Deep Breath And Go” By Lucy Shippee #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

“Take A Deep Breath And Go” By Lucy Shippee #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

Lucy is no shy traveler! Growing up the daughter of a United (and Navy – btw, thank you for your service) pilot, she’s been able to experience a lot – from exploring foreign cities on her own to telling friends about the confusing, but awesome, life that is the #NonRevLife. You can find her studying Nursing at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusettes, or embarking on yet another impromptu adventure. What an awesome story you shared, Lucy!

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“The Spirit of Non-Rev Travel” By Katie Mayangi #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

“The Spirit of Non-Rev Travel” By Katie Mayangi #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

Katie is our $1,500 #NonRevSpiritAward (fall 2018 semester) winner. The daughter of a SkyWest flight attendant, Katie’s been flying since she was a little girl. In fact, her first passport photo was taken when she was only 7! Currently, as a sophomore, she studies History and Visual Cultures at Utah Valley University. Passionate about international travel and better understanding the diverse world around her, Katie’s happily taken what she’s learned in the classroom to the streets of foreign cities.

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“Travel & Adventure For The Sake Of It” By Catherine Brand #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

“Travel & Adventure For The Sake Of It” By Catherine Brand #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

Catherine Brand received an Honorable Mention for the #NonRevSpiritAward (2018 spring semester). She’s a Missouri State University student majoring in International Business Management and minoring in German. The daughter of an American Airlines employee, Catherine grew up traveling internationally, and after few short days in Munich decided to become bilingual.

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“Growing Up The Daughter Of A Pilot” By Gracey Higman #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

“Growing Up The Daughter Of A Pilot” By Gracey Higman #NonRevSpiritAward Honorable Mention

Gracey Higman received an Honorable Mention for the #NonRevSpiritAward (2018 spring semester). She grew up in the American Airlines family thanks to her father’s position as a pilot. She’s now studying Elementary Education at Northern Arizona University! Besides an obvious passion for the #NonRevLife, Gracey loves giving back to her community by caring for its children.

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“Our Classroom, The Airplane ” By Elayne Ingram #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

“Our Classroom, The Airplane ” By Elayne Ingram #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

Elayne Ingram is a winner of the $750 #NonRevSpiritAward for the 2018 spring semester. She’s the daughter of an Alaska Airlines employee and is a Kinesiology and French major (Music minor) at Gonzaga University. A hard worker from the beginning, Elayne became a tutor, teacher and sometimes designated parent #3 to herself and two younger homeschooled siblings growing up.

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“Non-Revving With Humor & Humility” By Joseph Smittick #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

“Non-Revving With Humor & Humility” By Joseph Smittick #NonRevSpiritAward Winner

Joseph Smittick is a winner of the $750 #NonRevSpiritAward for the 2018 spring semester. He’s a Biomedical Sciences student at Oakwood University who not only travels the world for his own non-rev enjoyment, but travels to give back in places like the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Costa Rica. The son of a Frontier Airlines employee, Joseph spent his homeschool years (until the 4th grade) utilizing the world as his field trip and textbook.

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