Seventeen-year-old Ariel Evans is a 4.0 GPA Senior at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown DE. A perennial member of the National Honor Society, she is a winner in numerous regional art and science competitions earning her a full scholarship to Drexel University.
Ariel, daughter of William and Linda Evans, is going for the gold in Scouting, and is a lifeguard & water safety instructor for the Indian River School district. Ariel is also a rated hang glider pilot. In 2004 at age 12 she became America's youngest, and at 14, she became the first minor & female to win the novice division of the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular.
At age 15 she began research on the effects of winglet designs on induced drag. Her aero engineering project won first place at the Delaware Valley Science Fair's 10th & llth grade divisions and placed 4th in category at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair.
For relaxation, Ariel goes hang gliding with her mentor, her father. She has logged 267 solo flights so far, with one aero tow reaching 5,000 feet in altitude. In college, she plans to major in a mix of art and science for applications to aircraft design.
Ariel is the first female recipient of the DAHF Youth Achievement honor.