At St. Paul's 2019 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 grade student in the lower school and an eighth and twelfth grade student at St. Paul's School for Boys. 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 2019 Smith Award was presented to the following student from St. Paul's School for Boys:
Allen Leyba, Grade 8
T.J. Linz, Grade 12
2019-20 Walter S. Smith Jr. Award
For friendliness, generosity and community involvement
MIDDLE SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER
Allen Coleman Leyba
This young man has made quite an impact on the St. Paul's community since he joined the middle school as a sixth grader. Although he readily describes his younger self as "extremely awkward," his oft-demonstrated willingness to take on leadership roles and his desire to get involved in various aspects of middle school community life have benefited his peers and teachers in countless ways both seen and unseen. As a sixth grader he joined the leadership club, and he held a very vocal and active role in the group's presentation to the middle school administration about ways to improve several school-wide initiatives. He is also actively involved in the middle school theater program as a member of the stage crew, he is a grade-level representative for the student council, and he previously served as a member of the vestry. To top it all off, his words and works carry weight with his peers. He is a kind young man who is deeply trusted by all members of the middle school, and he is currently serving as a member of the honor council. It is a great pleasure to present the middle school Smith Award to James Allen Coleman Leyba.
UPPER SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER
When it comes to leadership this young man is a school leader! In fact, it is difficult to know where to begin because even he will tell you, "My most important activities are cross country, track and field, Bridges, vestry, peer leadership and being a tour guide. I like being a leader among my peers, especially where I am an ambassador of faith, service, and helping others. Each of these has been a passion of mine and has had a large influence in my life."
While challenging himself he has excelled academically. As a result of his intellectual engagement, he earned membership in our Cum Laude Society at the end of his junior year, an honor granted to a very select group of St. Paul's students based upon their academic achievement and our faculty's perception of them as scholars.
In addition to his seven academic courses, he is also in Concert Chorale, our audition-based, elite choir dedicated to the study and performance of serious choral music from many diverse styles and stylistic periods.
Incredibly kind and compassionate with a work ethic second to none, I cannot think of another student who adds as much to our campus. It is my pleasure to present the upper school Smith Award to Thomas Jared Linz.