United Essay Contest Winner Made Ultimate Sacrifice Saving Cousin’s Life

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Guam – United Airlines, Guam’s hometown airline, announced the winners of an essay contest paying tribute to unsung Guamanian heroes.

Students were tasked with writing an essay about a Guam hero who has made a positive impact in their lives.

The Guam hero selected in the high school category is Rayn San Nicolas, a 14-year-old-boy who drowned while saving the life of his cousin. Another of Rayn’s cousins, Natalie Bejado, a senior at Academy of Our Lady of Guam, wrote about his courageous efforts as he put the life of another before his own.

The Guam hero selected in the college category is Rosita Tropia, a vegetable stand owner in Dedeo who takes people into her home during times of hardship. University of Guam junior Katrina Palanca wrote about how Ms. Tropia makes sacrifices in her own life to help others in need.

The overall winner selected is Rayn San Nicolas.


 

[(from L to R): Paula Monk, Senior Manager, Sales, United Airlines, Ray Gibson, Breakfast Show Host on News Talk K-57, Sorensen Media Group, Natalie Bejado, United Airlines My Personal Guam Superhero overall winner, Chris Bejado, father of the winner and Quentin Koch, Director of Sales Micronesia, United Airlines] 

In each of the three categories, the hero recognized wins two roundtrip United economy tickets from Guam to any United Airlines destination within Asia, Micronesia or Cairns, Australia. The winner’s school, Academy of Our Lady of Guam, wins a roundtrip United economy ticket from Guam to any United Airlines destination within Asia, Micronesia or Cairns, Australia.

United Superhero Winner – Sonu Jay (Middle School Winner)

Three students from Harvest Christian Academy — 8th grader Bruno Reyes, 7th grader Anne Wen and 6th grader Sonu Jay — all independently submitted essays about how Mr. Taylor has positively impacted their lives.

The Guam hero selected in the middle school category is Joshua Taylor, a teacher at Harvest Christian Academy.


[L-R: Quentin Koch, Director of Sales Micronesia, United Airlines, John McGrew, Middle School Principal, Harvest Christian Academy, Paula Monk, Senior Manager, Sales, United Airlines, Anne Wen, United Airlines My Personal Guam Superhero participant, Bruno Reyes, United Airlines My Personal Guam Superhero participant, Devin Taylor, son of the “Hero”, Bethany Taylor, wife of the “Hero”, Joshua Taylor, “Hero” of the winner, Sonu Jay, United Airlines My Personal Guam Superhero winner – Middle School Category and Sam Shinohara, Managing Director for Sales Guam and Micronesia and Business Development for Asia/Pacific, United Airlines.]

“United celebrates these special people who have made a difference on Guam,” said Quentin Koch, United’s Director of Sales for Micronesia. “The amount of entries illustrates that Guam is full of people who go out of their way to mentor our youth, and we are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.”

The overall winning entry will be on display at United’s City Ticket Office in Tamuning, located in the Century Plaza Building at 219 South Marine Corps Drive, Suite 102. The office is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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