2017 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award Winners


May 9, 2017

Congratulations to Kalin E., McDonogh School ’18, and Bomani K., St. Paul’s
School ’18, for being named the 2017 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award winners!

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.

Academician, dancer, role model to peers as well as eight year old girls, Kalin rises to the top of any group through strength of character, commitment to the cause at hand and vested interest. Whether in the classroom, organizing a discussion on the topic of diversity, or running on the track, she stands among McDonogh’s very best.

Bomani is a true gentleman who excels at academics, sports and interpersonal relationships. His classmates respect and listen to him. His teachers would love to have classmates full of students like Bomani both for his academic ability and his leadership.

Thank you to B.E.S.T. Trustees, Teri Alexander and John Timken, who reviewed nominations to determine this year’s winners from a group of strong and incredible B.E.S.T. 11th grade nominees. At a Breakfast Celebration with the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees, we celebrated Kalin and Bomani’s terrific accomplishments and presented their awards. Bomani was unfortunately not able to be with us to receive his award in person as he was sitting for an AP Calculus Exam. Dave Faus, Head of St. Paul’s School, received the award on his behalf.

Charlie Britton, Head of McDonogh School; Jan Kunkel, Kalin’s Advisor at McDonogh School; Kalin E., Panitz Award Recipient; Teri Alexander, B.E.S.T. Trustee and Panitz Award Committee Member

Stu Simms, President of B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees; Karlo Young, President-Elect of B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees; Kalin E., Panitz Award Recipient; Jessica Suriano, B.E.S.T. Executive Director