History in the Making
In 2022, the Delaware Military Academy created the Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Delaware Military Academy HOF is to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in the areas of Academics, Athletics, the Military, and as a Seahawk Legacy to DMA during and/or beyond their years at Delaware Military Academy. Nominations can be submitted to any member of the Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised of Mrs. Colleen Bradley, Mrs. Tara Dick, Mr. Kenneth Gatson, Mr. Jeremy Jeanne, Mr. Anthony Pullella, and Mr. Michael Scarborough.
HOF Class of 2022 Biography Information
Click below to learn more about each nominee!
Bethany Melo - Academics
Upon graduation, Bethany completed a B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Maryland in College Park where she served as a Senior Marshal, because of demonstrating the highest levels of scholarship and service to the campus community. She then attended Arcadia University’s Christiana Delaware campus earning both a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master’s in Public Health. Upon graduation, she received the Gretchen M. Paruch Humanitarian Service Award for demonstrating academic excellence, leadership among her peers, professionalism in both the classroom and clinical setting, and service to her community and to her profession.
Bethany spent the first seven years of her career practicing medicine across several intensive care units in both Delaware and the District of Colombia. Recently, her passion for providing care to both the severely ill and their families led her to accept a position as a Supportive and Palliative Care PA at Christiana Care. Bethany takes pride in ensuring patients experience relief from suffering and control of symptoms. She finds it highly rewarding, to work to support patients through difficult decision-making at a time when they are most vulnerable, navigating the complexities of medicine and identifying goals so that her patients’ wishes can be honored.
Bethany enjoys precepting medical students, mentoring residents, and serving as an adjunct instructor for both Arcadia University’s College of Life Sciences and GWU’s Physician Assistant Program and was recently named Arcadia’s Didactic Educator of the Year. An active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, she is the Delaware Chapter’s President-Elect, an abstract author, and has served on both panels and as a hospital lead for several research projects focused on quality improvement surrounding patient and family-centered care. A 2016 Leadership Delaware fellow, Bethany also serves Delawareans as the first PA member of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and as Chair of the Regulatory Council for Physician Assistants.
Forever grateful to be a Seahawk, Bethany has many fond memories of working alongside her now mentor and friend, Commandant Charles Baldwin, as he made his dreams for DMA a reality. The scholarship and leadership fostered within DMA’s walls has greatly contributed to the medical provider and public servant Bethany is today!
Sam Lundin - Athletics
Sam’s dedication and allegiance to the Seahawk Nation carried over into his illustrious and historical athletic career. Sam was a two-sport four-year varsity athlete in wrestling and lacrosse player and was named Captain for both teams his junior and senior year based on his ability to lead, manage and most importantly make those around him a better version of themselves. Sam led by example and to this day he continues to subscribe to that methodology.
Sam was the recipient of many athletic honors during his time at DMA. Sam was third team All-State his senior year in lacrosse and went on to being crowned Conference Champion in wrestling his junior year at 170 pounds. Sam repeated this feat his senior year as the 182-pound Conference Champion and then went on to become DMA’s first-ever wrestling State Champion at 182 pounds. Sam ended his high school wrestling career with 110 wins.
Sam then went on to York College where he continued playing Lacrosse and eventually transferred to the University of Delaware and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Operations Management.
Following college Sam chose to serve his country and enlist in The United States Navy where he continues to lead and serve others as he has done his entire life.
CWO4 Morgan Bahr - Military
Gunner was born and raised right here in Richardson Park. He joined the Marine Corps in 1975 and retired in 1996. A few highlights in his 21-year active duty career were: he served as a Drill Instructor for two years; he was selected to Warrant Officer on the first board of eligibility and served in Operation Desert Storm where he was accredited as having held the largest Field Ammunition Supply Point in Marine Corps history. Upon his retirement, he went to work as the Senior Marine Instructor at Sun Valley High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC in Aston, PA. When hearing that a new school was being built on Middleboro Rd. in Richardson Park, he knew he had to be part of it, so he immediately started applying.
In August 2007, Gunner received a phone call from the then Commandant Chuck Baldwin who offered him a position at the Delaware Military Academy. Gunner joined the DMA staff the following October as a Naval Science Instructor teaching 10th grade. Within the next three years, Gunner received a promotion to the position of Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI). A position he was very proud to hold.
Gunner, along with six Naval Science Instructors, led DMA cadets for the next 12 years. During those 12 years, the Naval Science Department flourished within the Navy JROTC community. The Naval Science Department trained all cadets within DMA every day and they achieved the rating of Distinguished Unit with Honors every year.
Gunner attributes the tremendous success and exemplary reputation of DMA to the entire team of Naval Science Instructors and outstanding faculty overall.
Due to the uniqueness of DMA, where all students are cadets in the program, Gunner assumed an additional position as an administrator along with his role as the Senior Naval Science Instructor. In performing those duties, he was involved in ultimately every aspect of running the school. Assisting the Commandant daily, they spent numerous hours planning events to ensure perfection was achieved, administering discipline when required and assisting faculty members when needed. Gunner’s work ethic was to do everything he could to take the daily grind off the Commandant, to allow him to focus on the bigger picture. Gunner always seemed to know what the heartbeat of the school was at any time.
Working with youths to instill values and leadership skills made every day at DMA exciting and worthwhile. I am very humbled for this selection as a recipient of this award. I truly hope the example I have set leaves a positive legacy for others to follow.
C/MC Charles Baldwin - Seahawk Legacy
Command Master Chief (C/MC) Baldwin has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the military and public education. He is the co-founder and former Commandant of the Delaware Military Academy, served as Principal of George V. Kirk Middle School in the Christina School District in Delaware, and was former President of The Charter School of Wilmington.
In July 1993, Commandant Baldwin accepted the position of Associate Naval Science Instructor with the Seaford School District where he established the first NJROTC in the State of Delaware. He followed this achievement with the commissioning of a second unit at Christiana High School.
While at Christiana, C/MC Baldwin’s unit received recognition three times as being in the top 20% of the nation’s NJROTC units. He received the Christina School District Citizenship Award in 1997 and he was the Christiana Teacher of the Year in 1998.
In 2001, C/MC realized his dream of providing a tuition-free school for young men and women of Delaware who would thrive in a military environment and attend a school of their desire, by co-founding and establishing the US Navy’s first all NJROTC Charter HS, DMA. His formula of love and respect + discipline + sound academic principles has resulted in DMA obtaining recognition as the flagship of the Navy JROTC program, and it is the largest unit in the country.
C/MC Baldwin is fluent in Italian, enjoys mountain climbing (Everest Camp 4 and summiting Kilimanjaro notably), biking, and hiking. Mentoring remains a large part of his life and he currently continues to mentor over 40 of his former students from DMA, Kirk MS, Charter School of Wilmington, Christiana HS, and Seaford HS.
He is married to Salvatorica and they have two children, William and Antonella, and five grandchildren. They reside in Wilmington, Delaware and Ala Dei Sardi, Italy.
Hall of Fame Application
Please click the link below to nominate an individual for any of the four categories listed below. All nominations must be received by April 15th of the current year will be considered for that year’s Hall of Fame class.
A person who exhibited a high scholastic aptitude during their time at the Delaware Military Academy. Upon graduation, they pursued and completed one or more levels of higher education.
Any high school athlete who participated in Delaware Military Academy athletics and proved to have superior performance (1st Team All-State, State Champion, Player of The Year, Gatorade Player of The Year) and character. Any such person may not be considered until 5 years after high school graduation.
Someone who is or has served their country honorably. Their contribution to military service has or has made a significant positive impact in their unit or designated field of operation.
A person who significantly contributed to the growth and success of Delaware Military Academy