Class of 2021: Leaders for Good

Nash Pena, Laurelle Maubert and Lucas GeorgeBy Robert Harry, Director of College Counseling

“As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” — 1 Peter 4:10

With the overabundance of talented applicants applying for admission to colleges and universities across the country, common parlance within admission offices centers around the gifts, talents, and abilities a student can bring to enrich a campus community.

The Class of 2021 has shown itself to possess a wide variety of impressive capabilities, but it is their capacity to share their unique gifts which has made them stand out above the rest.  In particular, Lucas George, Laurelle Maubert, and Nash Peña have earned significant merit scholarships that reward not only academic achievement, but also recognize their unparalleled sense of duty, depth of compassion, and outstanding leadership within their communities.  Like the rest of their class, these students embody our mission to develop leaders for good in the world.

In earning the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship to Davidson College, Lucas George is committed to serving his country, and servant leadership is at the core of Lucas’ extracurricular activities.  Having been a talented athlete in football, wrestling, and baseball in addition to tutoring students in mathematics, guiding prospective families around campus, or leading a team to raise money for Cumberland Valley Breast Cancer Awareness, Lucas believes that true leaders put the needs of others ahead of themselves.  A proud liberal arts thinker, Lucas is excited to join the vibrant Davidson community, and to spend time with his older brother Joe George ’18, who will be a senior at Davidson next year.

Colleges and universities are continually searching for students who can channel passion into actionable results, and there is no better example of this than in Laurelle Maubert.  Laurelle was awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship, and is excited to join her fellow scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.  Though she capably led our Model UN Club, captained our Dance Team, and wrote for the school newspaper (among many other extracurriculars), she found her work coordinating policy efforts and lobbying elected officials in Annapolis as part of March for Our Lives Maryland to be the most impactful activity for her.  Laurelle is looking forward to civic collaboration as part of the Morehead-Cain program this summer, in which she will exercise her talents in achieving consensus through determination and a positive attitude, two characteristics she values deeply.

Building a shared sense of community has become a key component within such a diverse environment as that of Saint James School.  As one of the founding members of our Diversity Committee, part of our equity and inclusion efforts, Nash celebrates the unique narratives of others, and this is central to his selection as a Coronat Scholar at Syracuse University.  On our campus, it was in the Mummers' Society that Nash recognized the power of storytelling, and learned the value of empathy, and how an actor, thinker, or leader can use this to create works of art or champion the cause of the underserved or overlooked.  

Saint James provides numerous opportunities to learn beyond the classroom and develop these intangible skills that are prized on college campuses and much need in the world now more than ever.  Whether contemplating one’s faith in morning Chapel, laser cutting in our MIT-certified FAB Lab, practicing an instrument in the Pohanka Fine Arts Center, or being able to shake the hand of a competitor on the athletic field, our students are empowered to choose the way they want to make an impact in the lives of others.

Thus, courage, resilience, and engagement are not empty platitudes at Saint James, but rather characteristics shown as examples through our Episcopal heritage, our intellectual pursuits, and our God-given talents.  May these students and the Class of 2021 continue to share their gifts with the world in the years ahead.  

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