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Seven Eastern Kentucky University aviation graduates received their 1,250-hour professional flight certificates in a campus ceremony this spring. The awards concluded the program’s College to Careers event for EKU aviation seniors and Somerset Community College aircraft maintenance technology students and staff. The event included a panel session featuring EKU alum Don Bornhorst, senior vice president for Delta Air Lines; Rich Meyers, maintenance base manager for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; and three representatives of Endeavor Air: Logan Case, manager of pilot recruitment, Steve Norton, chief pilot, and Duane Fields, tech ops recruiter. Bornhorst assured the students they had made a wise investment in their education at EKU, adding that it was the perfect time to join the aviation industry. The EKU certificate representatives, joined by Endeavor officials Norton, far left, and Case, far right, were, from left, Jeremy Criddle, Crestwood; Anthony Vaught, Richmond; Jessica Jenkins, Crestwood; Marty Dye, Hi Hat; Sarah Boots, Richmond; Dustin Ratliff, Richmond; and Richard Quant, Erlanger. Ratliff also received the Joseph Schwendeman Outstanding Aviation Senior Award.


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