At St. Paul's 2018 Service of Lessons & Carols, three students earned special recognition for their service and character.
Headmaster David C. Faus and alumnus and former Trustee Jon Price '74 presented the Smith Awards to three students who embody the traits of Walter Smith. "These awards celebrate the character traits that Walter Smith demonstrated during his life: selflessness, service, and concern for others," Mr. Faus said.
Each year, the Smith Award is given to a fourth grader, eighth grader, and senior. These students are selected for friendliness to peers and adults; generosity with others, and also with their time and talents; and for demonstrating a charitable vision for those outside the St. Paul's community.
The 2018 Smith Award was presented to:
Roman Dombrow, Grade 4
Godwin Burger, Grade 8
Andrew Meck, Grade 12
See below for citations for each of the award winner.
St. Paul's School
Walter S. Smith Jr. Award
For friendliness, generosity and community involvement
LOWER SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER
This year's Lower School recipient of the Smith Award has been described as "Father Christmas" by his teachers and "part elf" by his parents. For the past three years, his family has volunteered with Santa's Helpers Anonymous on Christmas Eve to deliver Christmas gifts to families who are less fortunate. At the start of winter, he collects and donates supplies to make "blessing bags" for people who are without a home. His generosity does not stop after the holidays. At pretty much every single school opportunity, this young man has volunteered. He wrapped diapers with Ms. G-H last year, and with the exception of the one time he forgot it on the counter, he has made at least one lunch for the Lunches for the Hungry every year. In second grade, he knew there was another student who did not bring a lunch, so that year, he made sure to bring at least one more to make up the difference. Whether it is sharing interesting facts, helping the community to solve a problem, or donating his time, Roman Dombrow embodies what it means to give and not count the cost.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER
This young man is best described as caring, thoughtful, and encouraging. As you walk into the Middle School, you see a sign that reads, "Be part of something bigger than yourself." To some, this may just be another rallying point, but for this student, it seems to be how he tackles each day. This student is caring while he interacts with all of his classmates, as well as his Middle School peers. He never turns a cold shoulder to a fellow student, and he is always willing to help. He is willing to share his time and thoughts to whoever will indulge in a conversation. No one is ever too small for him to talk with. Outside of St. Paul's, this student works with his church to sort and donate food and plays an important role in his family's donations to charities. This young man encourages us all to do more. He is truly outstanding! It is with great pleasure that we award the Middle School Smith Award to Godwin Burger.
UPPER SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER
In the gospel of Matthew, we read, "for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink;I was a stranger and you took me in; I was sick and you watched over me;I was in prison and you visited me."
This student has seized similar opportunities. When strangers had been in prison, he visited with them on Maryland's Eastern Shore. When others were homeless, he helped them build anew with Habitat for Humanity. When children were thirsty for knowledge and hungry for positive relationships, he gave them his time, talent, and friendship in the Bridges Program. When his fellow athletes needed his help, he made sure they had what they needed when they needed it. Whenever and wherever necessary, he has led the School in prayer, in song, and in selfless service.
By pursuing a life's purpose of blessing other people's lives, this student has demonstrated the School's mission by living by compassion, the School prayer by laboring and not asking for any reward, and the this award's requirements by loving, giving, and serving. For these reasons, I am happy to announce this year's recipient as Andrew Daniel Stoddart Meck.