When she was a little girl growing up in Buffalo, Paige Boyer enjoyed watching television with her father, a licensed pilot. Although they rarely discussed flying itself when she was younger, they often gravitated toward scientific TV shows and talked frequently about physics and mechanics.

Meanwhile, Paige’s mother, who regularly traveled for work, would bring home for her daughter gifts of toy airplanes purchased at airports around the country. And so a little girl’s love for aviation grew by talking to dad about science and playing with the miniature planes mom brought home.

By high school, Paige had seriously engaged her passion for aeronautics through her school district’s local BOCES program. “I ended up loving it,” she says of the aviation industry. “So I started looking at aviation colleges and Vaughn came up. I found it was a good fit, and they offered me a scholarship, which was a huge help, and that’s how I wound up here.”

Today, Paige is a 21-year-old senior at one of the country’s premier aviation schools, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, located practically in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, NY.  Paige is studying aeronautical science and also hopes to become a licensed pilot one day.

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