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Alumni Update: John Rempe, MHS ‘09

John Rempe, who graduated from Manchester High School in 2009, has just moved to Los Angeles, where he is working as a First Officer flying the ERJ-175 for Compass Airlines. (In commercial aviation, the first officer is the second pilot -- also referred to as the co-pilot -- of an aircraft. The first officer is second-in-command of the aircraft to the captain, who is the legal commander.) John flies Delta Connection flights as well as American Eagle.

Background: John was born in Albany, N.Y. and his family moved to Newington when he was in kindergarten. At the end of fourth grade the family moved again, to Manchester. “For all my life I've wanted to be an airline pilot and follow in my father's footsteps,” he said..

After MHS: John worked in a warehouse for a year in Vernon, loading and unloading trucks. He then went to Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.,  where he earned a bachelor's degree in Aviation Management.  During his senior year of college he was able to find a job flying private aircraft, gaining great aviation experience. When that job ended, he moved to Florida, where he was a flight instructor at Aerosim Flight Academy, training airline pilots for China.

These Days: John just finished his training and will soon be on the flight line for Compass airlines, flying flights primarily on the western side of the country. “I am really looking forward to the new lifestyle of the airlines as well as Los Angeles,” he said.

Manchester Memories: “I think the best memories I have include taking the American Studies class in my junior year of high school,” he says. “If I remember correctly that was the first year they offered the class, and I feel the class was a tight knit group. I want to thank the teachers of that class, Ms. Lister and Ms. Banas, who made me realize how much potential I had.”

Words of Wisdom (for Today’s Students): Do not fear the unknown, take the opportunities that are out there and don’t look back. You’ll be very surprised how well things work out. Also, networking is a key skill you will want to master. You never know what success you will have as long as you are not afraid to ask.”

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