Moriah Graham Becomes Delaware’s Youngest Black Female Pilot

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Moriah Graham

Moriah Graham has made history for becoming the youngest African-American female in Delaware to obtain her pilot license.

The 17-year-old was still a student at Polytech High School when she began her journey to obtain her license during her junior year. It took Graham, who is a cadet with the Air Force JROTC, 14 months, said Raymond Ott, an aero science teacher who has been mentoring Graham.

“Finding out I was the first in Delaware was pretty cool,” she said. “It put a little bit of pressure on me. But I don’t fly to impress other people and I didn’t fly to make this historic accomplishment. I fly because I love flying and I have a passion for it.”

Her mentor had positive things to say about her major accomplishment.

“It says that she’s immensely focused, she’s able to stay on task, obviously goal oriented and mature beyond her years,” Ott said. “I think that she was able to dream big but she was also able to achieve big.”

Now, the 2015 high school graduate is on her way to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. It happens to be the alma mater of Patrice Clarke, the first black woman to fly for a major commercial airline.

Read more about Moriah Graham here.