2016 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Awards


May 17, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17th, Ryley Y. at Garrison Forest School and Josiah B. at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland were awarded the Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award at the final B.E.S.T Board meeting of the year.

The Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award, created in memory of the first Board Chair of B.E.S.T. by his family at the time of his passing, is presented annually to a B.E.S.T. young woman and B.E.S.T. young man at the conclusion of their junior year of high school, in recognition of their academic achievement, their demonstrated leadership in both their school and the broader community, and their strength of character.  Each recipient receives a $1,000 award to support their senior year tuition.

“Ryley is the true embodiment of the idiom “still waters run deep.” Thoughtful, caring, self-aware and positive, she is a quiet, strong leader who serves as a true, unassuming example to both students and faculty.”

“[Josiah’s] family has raised a thoughtful, kind and deeply humble young man. I think that’s why faculty respect him greatly and his peers flock to him. [He] is a servant leader in the truest sense.”

We were very impressed by the many nominations we received this year. Thank you to B.E.S.T. Trustees, Teri Alexander and John Timken who reviewed nominations to determine this year’s winners. Congratulations to Ryley and Josiah.

Chris Post, Head of The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland; Stu Simms, B.E.S.T. Board President; Josiah B., Panitz Leadership Award Recipient; Linda Hambleton Panitz;  Ryley Y., Panitz Leadership Award Recipient; Kim Roberts, Head of Garrison Forest School

Chris Post, Head of The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland; Stu Simms, B.E.S.T. Board President; Josiah B., Panitz Leadership Award Recipient; Linda Hambleton Panitz;
Ryley Y., Panitz Leadership Award Recipient; Kim Roberts, Head of Garrison Forest School