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Victor Marshall Becomes Private Pilot

Victor Marshall , the son of Cheryl & Herbert Marshall of Wake Forest, NC, had a big week in late May. He became a private pilot on May 17th at the age of 18. A week later, on May 24th, he graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy, a college-prep school in northwestern Virginia.

Marshall came to Randolph-Macon Academy to improve his grades and prepare for college, and to participate in the flight program. He came to the Academy in sixth grade, but did not begin flying until his senior year. He achieved his first solo flight on February 11, 2014, and three short months later tested for his private pilot certification. The test included a written exam, an oral exam, and a check ride, and Marshall passed all of them with ease.

“Victor and I began flying together in September and he quickly showed his dedication and passion for aviation,” said Randolph-Macon Academy Flight Instructor Ryan Koch. 

Marshall made it a priority to get his private pilot certification before graduation. “The actual check ride was the hardest part,” he said. “What they do is they take you at your worst, to see if you can still fly the plane. By the time I was done with the oral exam, which was an hour of just rapid-fire questions, I was exhausted, and he wanted me to fly the plane perfectly.” And he did.

Marshall plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and major in aeronautical engineering. 

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), which is a Distinguished Unit with Merit, and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.