Cadet Michael Richard Shaw, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
We are proud to present Michael Richard Shaw as recipient of the 2007 Youth Aviation Achievement Award of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.
Mike's got it altogether. With his academic, athletic and leadership credentials, he could have named his college — and did: the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. After all, the 18-year-old 2007 graduate of Salesianum School in Wilmington had a lifelong dream of being an Air Force officer and pilot.
He has a flying start. He soloed at age 16 and won his private pilot license last spring. All told, he has chalked up more than 100 pilot hours—including six hours of training in jets. Mike's an academic top gun too. His cumulative grade point average was 4.0.
He also has the right stuff on the athletic field. Mike was a lineman on Salesianum's 2005 and 2006 state championship football teams. He captained the Salesanium lacrosse team in his junior and senior years, including state-title year 2007.
Honors were showered upon him: The National Honor Society, American Legion School Award for 2007, Academic All-State 2005-2006, Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award and Scholarship in Humanities and Social Sciences, delegate to the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. and New York City.
Michael is the son of Delaware natives Richard and Joan Shaw of Landenberg, Pa. His 15-year-old brother Matthew is a freshman at Salesianum.