The Upper School's annual induction of new Williams Scholars took place on Wednesday afternoon 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. McDonald, who administers the Williams Scholars Program along with Ms. Flaherty and Mr. Hindes, opened the ceremony with a brief overview of the program and a statement of its criteria. “Becoming a Williams Scholar is a great honor,” he told parents and students 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.”
Headmaster Post followed with remarks about Jack Williams’ legacy and his vision for the school. “Headmaster Williams,” he said, sought to establish a school where “every boy would be known loved, and cherished for who he is.” The Williams Scholars Program is an appropriate tribute to the former headmaster, he continued, because it allows recipients to pursue their own path.
The ceremony’s keynote speaker was R.J. Kaminski ’13, who talked of his love for radio and for sports journalism – passions that a Williams Scholar grant helped to nurture. Kaminski now serves as the Social Media Director at The Lacrosse Network as well as Director of Content and Social Media for Shootout for Soldiers, a philanthropic program founded by Tyler Steinhardt ’12. He spoke with pride of his participation Williams Scholars Program, which helped pave the way for his professional success. “What it said was that I was taking my time at school seriously and doing what I was supposed to be doing,” he remarked.
Senior David Giordano then spoke about his summer experience at a filmmaking program on the campus of Cal-Berkeley – an experience made possible by his induction into the Williams Scholars Program two years ago. He talked about meeting like-minded students from around the world, and collaborating with several of them to create a short film. “Use your grant to follow your passion,” he urged his peers. The assembly closed with the official recognition of inductees, followed by a reception for families.