SMA Seniors Share Top Award: President’s Cup

Editor’s Note: The President’s Cup award was established in 1948 to recognize a senior student for excellence in character, scholarship, leadership, and social and Christian example. The award is considered to be the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior. This year, the cup was presented to two seniors during the May 17 Commencement. Carl Rindahl and Andrew Hansen began their parallel academic paths as kindergarten students at the Master’s School in San Marcos, where they attended through the sixth grade. They entered San Marcos Academy as seventh graders. Carl’s mother, Mrs. Pam Rindahl, observed that the relationship these two friends share is like iron sharpening iron*—their encouragement and support of one another has made each a stronger and more successful individual.     *“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Prov. 27:17)

Jimmie Scott’s Presentation of the President’s Cup at Commencement

Selecting a recipient for the President’s Cup is always a challenge, and it was especially so this year with such an accomplished group of seniors in the Class of 2015.

The decision was so difficult, in fact, that the selection committee could not agree on just one recipient. So we have two.

Usually, the president shares the accolades of the award winner before inviting him or her on stage to receive the award. But this year, I have decided to flout tradition and try something a little different. I would like the two President’s Cup recipients to stand with me on stage and then I would like to tell you a few things about them. Please join me in congratulating Cadet Colonel Carl Rindahl and Cadet Lt. Colonel Andrew Hansen.

These two young men exemplify the values and have demonstrated the character that San Marcos Baptist Academy seeks to instill in her students. Both have attended the Academy for six years. Each has distinguished himself in the Bear Battalion—Carl as commander and Andrew as executive officer. Each has answered the call of leadership in student government. Andrew as president of the Student Council and Carl as president of the Senior Class.

Both Andrew and Carl emerged from the state TCAL track meet as a state champion: Carl in the triple jump and 1600 meter run and Andrew in the 300 meter hurdles. Carl was also the state champion in varsity cross county and played varsity soccer, while Andrew earned state recognition for his solo vocal pieces and performed with the choir last year at Carnegie Hall.

Both of these leaders have been members of the National Honor Society, the Student Ambassadors and the Junior State of America Club. Each was elected by his peers to the Senior Hall of Fame. They have each graduated magna cum laude, Andrew as valedictorian and Carl as salutatorian.

When they aren’t busy at the Academy, Carl and Andrew are active in the community. Both were members of the San Marcos Youth Advisory Council. Carl volunteers at the Commemorative Air Force Museum at the San Marcos Airport, where he has logged in more than 500 hours of community service. Andrew is active at his church as a member of the choir and teaches piano lessons while also holding down a job as sales rep at Mazak Music.

Another significant accomplishment these two share is that they will have the privilege of attending college with what amounts to full scholarships—Carl at the United States Air Force Academy and Andrew as a Terry Scholarship recipient at the University of Texas.

I think you are beginning to see why the committee would have had a difficult time choosing one of these young men over the other.

Carl and Andrew, congratulations on all you have achieved, all you have become, and all you will continue to accomplish in this next chapter of your life.    — Jimmie Scott, Interim President, SMA