Michael joined Troop 17 from Pack 804 at the Chesterfield Day School where he achieved his Arrow of Light.  

In Scouting, Michael’s leadership responsibilities included serving as a Den Chief for Pack 804, Patrol Leader of the Moose Patrol, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Instructor, Senior Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. 

Michael’s participation in the troop’s outdoor program has included campouts, camporees, hikes, and six years at summer camp – 2001 as an honor camper. In 2003, Michael was part of Troop Seventeen’s ten-Scout contingent to Philmont — BSA’s national high-adventure camp in the mountains of New Mexico.

Michael has completed the St. Louis Area Council’s Junior Leader Training Course and was a member of the Bakers, Troop Seventeen’s unique organization for older Scouts. 

His list of optional merit badges is an eclectic mix including Fingerprinting, Horsemanship, and Indian lore. 

For his Eagle service project, Michael enlisted numerous Scouts to help him build benches for one of Cornerstone’s houses in a developing neighborhood in north St. Louis.  Cornerstone provides low income housing on a short-term basis.  St. Michael’s Church funded his project.

Outside of Scouting, Michael has assembled an impressive list of accomplishments and activities into an overpowering resume — a virtual juggernaut of scholastic achievements. At MICDS, Michael was an A student with close to a perfect 4.0 career GPA and was a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He won the school Science Award twice for best scientist in his class and was a Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam.

Michael participated in an exceptional number of activities including the Friends of Wings Youth Board, the Red Cross Youth Corp, the Young Republicans, and acted in several fall plays.

Michael plays the piano and placed fourth in American Musical Scholoarhips Association’s World Piano Competition twice.  As a result, he performed at Carnegie Hall for two years.  He received a “superior” rating in the Federation piano evaluation five times – 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006.

Michael was the Section Leader of the MICDS choir as a freshman and sophomore, the two years he sang with the choir. He won a choral leadership award and sang in the District Choir. 

Michael also participated in the STARS Program, which involved six weeks of research with a scientist at Washington University and resulted in his writing and being asked to present a paper at the 2007 Missouri Junior Sciences Symposium. 

As an athlete at MICDS, Michael participated on both JV and varsity crew, JV tennis, JV soccer, and was the varsity water polo manager. He is also an avid skier and scuba diver.

Michael attended the University of Southern California where he held a presidential Scholarship and three other scholarships. His major is biochemistry (pre-med) with a possible economics minor. He was also a member of the Freshman Science Honors program as one of the top thirty students majoring in science. Michael, who was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, planned to attend Washington University Medical School in the MD/PD program with hopes of becoming a virologist at the Center for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta.

Michael Sherwood —

Honor Camper… Baker… Scholar… Scientist…  Musician… Eagle Scout