Kwaku Akuffo '19: Two-Time Jack Williams Award Winner
On June 1, 2019, Kwaku Bediako Akuffo '19 became not only a distinguished Boys' Latin alumnus but also one of only a handful of students to receive a Jack Williams Award for Benevolence—twice. Named for longtime Headmaster Jack Williams '38, the award is presented to both an 8th Grader and a Senior.
Kwaku could often be found spreading joy across campus, whether he was encouraging fellow students or rallying the boys to express gratitude to faculty members. On the last day of classes, Kwaku even created a tribute to his classmates and posted it at the entrance to the upper school for all to see. In the words of Headmaster Post, "Kwaku is a servant leader in all senses of the term, and we couldn't be more grateful for the difference he has made in our lives."
Kwaku has been an active member of the Boys' Latin community, participating in the Diversity Club, Black Awareness Club, Chorus, and Honor Board. He also served a Student Body Officer and was a key contributor on both the Varsity Volleyball and Basketball teams. Kwaku always pushed himself to go beyond his existing interests and explore new realms. During his senior year, he even chose to take Chinese!
Kwaku could not be more grateful for the impact Boys Latin has made in his life. "BL really as changed and shaped me as a person, but also a man in a growing society that we live in today. It's my second home away from home, and there are countless memories and people that have been indeed a blessing in my life. I thank each person who has given me a chance to be a part of their life and also in mine as well. BL isn't just an educational institution; it's a place of love, joy, happiness, bonds, family, and I'm so glad and truly blessed to have gone to such a remarkable school." Kwaku is headed to Denison University next year, and we can't wait to see all that he will achieve.
Founded in 1844, Boys’ Latin School of Maryland is an all-boys private school serving boys in grades K-12. World-class faculty, challenging academics, and character development remain the hallmarks of a Boys’ Latin education. The outcomes speak for themselves, Boys’ Latin graduates attend top colleges and universities and are prepared for the real world and ready to make a difference.