Having been at the school for 15 years, Milan Shah has quite literally grown up on the Shorecrest campus. Like many of his fellow “lifers,” Milan wisely took advantage of many of the opportunities Shorecrest afforded him. He’s been a star on the theatre stage, taken on challenging coursework, and competed with athletic teams; but perhaps his most defining experiences at Shorecrest have been those in service to others.
Milan has participated in Shorecrest’s Relay For Life since the tender age of 9. His mother, Linda Shah, who Milan credits as his hero and mentor, is a two-time cancer survivor, making Relay’s mission for the American Cancer Society a deeply personal one.
In addition to co-chairing the school’s 37-team Relay event his senior year, Milan has engaged in service both near and far. He’s traveled to La Carpio, Costa Rica, an impoverished immigrant community, where he laid cement floors for families who’d been living on dirt ones, he’s built latrines in Guatemala to improve a community’s sanitary conditions, and has made and distributed water filters for families in Haiti with no access to clean water.
His efforts to serve others are remarkable, even garnering the attention of the Florida Holocaust Museum. Milan is one of the winners of the 12th annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, after being nominated by our faculty and Head of Upper School.
“Unlike many other people, Milan uses “we” rather than “I” when talking about his accomplishments,” declares Headmaster Mike Murphy.
Though service ultimately became his primary focus outside of academics, Milan enjoyed his time in the theatre program at Shorecrest. “Being able to work with students from all grades in the production of a great show thrilled me. The casts supported each other and we were proud of our results.” Milan starred as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jr. in Middle School, and held a supporting role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream his freshman year. Milan made the difficult decision to bow out of theatre to focus on his leadership roles elsewhere, including on the varsity tennis team.
In spring of 2013, applications were accepted for the first Honor Council in Shorecrest's 90-year history. His peers elected Milan to the council by a landslide. As a member of the council, Milan reviews the actions of his peers, debates the potential impact on the community, and masterfully articulates the council’s decision to the Upper School Administration. It can be an unpopular place to be, however, Milan navigates the halls of Shorecrest with poise.
Through it all Milan remains humble, greatly impacted by the people he has encountered, and vastly motivated to change the world. Of Milan, Headmaster Mike Murphy says, “He is a gentleman who embodies the Mission of our school.”
Milan will matriculate to Wake Forest University this fall.