Each year, American School of The Hague honors former faculty member Jerry De Witt with an award presented to a senior on behalf of the Alumni Association. This year, the recipient was Finnegan “Finn” B., who received the award from Director J. Courtney Lowe. Please find his speech notes on this year's recipient, below:
It gives me great pleasure today to present The J. F. DeWitt Academic Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded by the Alumni Association, is granted based on the following criteria:
- The scholarship is given to a graduating senior for his or her academic achievement
- The academic achievement must be in all of the following disciplines: English, Modern Language, History, Mathematics and Science.
- The winner is a student who, in the opinion of the faculty, loves learning and best exemplifies the model of a young scholar.
This year, the award goes to someone who, throughout high school, has taken the most rigorous courses ASH has to offer, and in every single course, teachers sing his praises. He is a scientist and a mathematician, but he's so much more than that. He's an avid reader and is just as intrigued by philosophy as he by physics. His most notable quality, however, is his modesty. Even though he has every reason to brag, he remains humble. He is brilliant, a top distance runner, multi-lingual, was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, and has a great sense of humor. He makes friends easily and wins the admiration of his peers and teachers alike. This accomplished individual is Finnegan “Finn” B.