The upper school's annual induction of new Williams Scholars took place on Tuesday morning in the Gelston Athletic Center. Named for longtime headmaster Jack Williams '38, the designation of Williams Scholar is one of Boys' Latin's highest academic honors. In order to be eligible, students must maintain a 3.5 weighted GPA with at least two honors level courses.
Mr. Hindes, who administers the Williams Scholars Program along with Ms. Flaherty, opened proceedings with a brief overview of the program and a statement of its criteria. "Being a Williams Scholar is a great honor," he told parents, students and faculty in attendance, "We hope the stories you will hear today will provide some extra motivation to strive for academic excellence and service to the Boys' Latin community."
The ceremony's keynote speaker was former Williams Scholar Parker Yablon '14, who spoke about his experience at the esteemed Wharton School of Business, where he once attended a summer program using the funding from his scholarship. Yablon gained useful business knowledge at Wharton: during his undergraduate years at University of Maryland, he built a student-to-student food delivery service, similar to GrubHub and Uber Eats. After Maryland, he would go on to co-found Hired-U, a company that helps college students to navigate the process of finding internships and jobs. He ended his talk by telling the boys that they are in a room full of young men that will "change the world."
Senior Ben Peake '21 then spoke about his experiences last summer. Using his Williams Scholarship, he attended the Sports Industry Management Academy, a summer program on the campus of Georgetown University. Part of the program involved an immersive simulation in which Ben and a group of other students created and pitched a fictional NBA expansion team to a panel of faculty.
The assembly closed with the official recognition of inductees, followed by a reception for families. This year's new Williams Scholars are:
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. We equip young men with 21st-century skills; that is why we actively teach critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, problem-solving, integrity, and compassion. 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.