Eight Upper School students who have distinguished themselves through their achievements in public service were inducted Nov. 15 into the Service Learning Honor Society. St. Paul's School created the Service Learning Honor Society in honor and memory of Philippe F. Simard '08 and the gifts of service, leadership, and scholarship that he embodied. "During his time here, Phil went out of his way to help others, worked hard academically, and embodied what it means to be a St. Paul's gentleman," said Chaplain Nate Sell.
Philippe's parents were in attendance at chapel for the induction.
This year, 21 students surpassed the 150 service-learning hours required for nomination to the Society, totaling more than 4,000 hours of service collectively. Nominees were then interviewed by members of the Service Learning Council and voted into the Society.
Matthew Chasney '18
Logan Johnson '18
David Kelly '18
Jack Maher '18
Marco Nandalal '18
Andrew Sawyers '18
Ryan Silverman '18
Kham Swann '18
Previously Inducted Members
Reese Graef '18
Christian Baran '18
The service learning council consists of:
Freshmen Representatives: P.J. Gildea, Henry Perkins, Jack Van Valkenburgh
Sophomore Representatives: TJ Linz, Davis Johnson, Max Huisman
Junior Representatives: Jack Burke, Ben Ozga, Chase Dorn
Senior Representatives: Reese Graef (President), Gonzalo Felgueroso, Nick Dintino
The Society's new members were inducted by members of the Service Learning Council. Their induction speeches follow:
This inductee has truly found his calling doing service over his years in the Upper School. He has spent countless hours with Bridges and Paul's Place working with children. He also has gone on the Eastern Shore Trip and was touched by the reflective nature and gratitude of those he helped and the people he met. His service has given him a greater perspective on life and has taught him to be very grateful for all that he has been blessed with. He hopes to continue following his love of service in his years to come, in college and beyond.
This inductee has been serving the community for throughout high school. For three years, he has been involved in both peer tutoring and Bridges, and he led the Bridges program last year as head counselor. He believes we should be volunteering instead of relaxing all day. One of his favorite things about his work is building relationships with kids. He has also actively been involved in his church, and participates in organizing food and toy drives for children in need. After graduating, this person wants to continue as head counselor in Bridges.
This inductee has followed his passion of service learning throughout his Saint Paul's Upper School career. In his early years of service, this inductee was a member of a Towson rotary club who provided elderly residents with entertainment. He also discovered his love for working with kids and being a leader among them through the Bridges Program. His work in the pediatric oncology field through the Pre-Medical Program at John's Hopkins widened his perspectives and expanded his view of life. This inductee believes strongly in serving others, and that it is important to give back what you have been given or granted. He continues to go outside his comfort zone through his involvement in service.
This inductee has followed his commitment to giving back to the community throughout his years at St. Paul's. Having attended St. Paul's in 8th grade, this inductee witnessed firsthand the importance of the peer-tutoring program and decided to work with the program during his high school career. This inductee has managed to influence various different people in our community volunteering at the Shock Trauma Center Fundraiser where he had the opportunity to meet doctors and gain a sense of accomplishment. As a motivated individual, this inductee hopes to continue his service throughout college and continue helping out the Shock Trauma fundraiser.
This candidate has found a passion through service in helping the community he has grown up in. He has served with many different organizations from the Red Cross, to WeCancerve, an organization which helps sick, underprivileged children. He has found that doing work in his immediate community can truly be a catalyst for improvement, and this positive change branches out into other communities. He believes that as someone who has lived a privileged life it his obligation to try and help those less fortunate have similar opportunities he has had.
This inductee has discovered a passion for service learning throughout his St. Paul's career. Over the years, he has worked with various groups including the Irvine Nature Center, Paul's Place, Asthma Camp, and the Seth Goldberg Camp. This inductee's motivation for service comes from his mindset of, quote, "Why wouldn't I?" Service is just natural to him.
He has dedicated much of his service towards kids living in tough circumstances. Heading into the future, this inductee wants to continue the path of service he has started.
This inductee has found a passion for service learning that is evident in his work with Bridges and St. Paul's summer camp and more recently with Athletes serving Athletes. He has devoted his summers to these programs as constantly works with kids in and out of his community. This inductee has said that he believes strongly in working locally. It is where he feels the most connected, and he loves to stay involved over the long haul. Through this work he has gained a lot of perspective and now feels an impulse to serve. This impulse to help others has served every community he has worked in well.
This inductee has discovered a passion for service by working with children, Bridges, being a counselor for lower income children and working with the children's unit at John Hopkins hospital. At Johns Hopkins he would play with children facing cancer and try to make them forget about their pain and hard times. He realized he enjoyed building relationships with the patients and their families. His continued ability to put himself in uncomfortable situations demonstrates the commitment of this individual to helping anyone in need. This work has also allowed him to open up and become less shy. He now wants to pursue a career in health. For his hard work and commitment to serve others.Click here for more images from the ceremony.