Viera High student earns prestigious award


Aviator pilot and Viera High School student John Forrest, left, receives the Presidential Volunteer Award from Dwight Bell, the executive director of Wings of Grace Flight School, at Melbourne International Airport.



Wings of Grace Flight School has announced that aviator John Forrest, a student at Viera High School, has been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Gold Award for volunteer service in the community of more than 100 hours in 2017.

During 2017, Wings of Grace Flight School led efforts to assist families in need and install storm shutters ahead of Hurricane Irma with Forrest’s more than 124 hours of volunteer support.

In addition to the gold medal and certificate of award, Forrest received a letter from the White House signed by President Donald Trump.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role models Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers. The award enables community organizations such as Wings of Grace Flight School — as a certifying and leadership organization — to amplify its gratitude by joining with the President of the United States to thank its most dedicated volunteers.

Wings of Grace Flight School, a part of Wings of Grace Ministries, Inc., is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire teenagers to improve and prosper their lives through teen aviation and the use of good decision-making skills.  

For information, contact Dwight Bell, the executive director, at