It is with utmost pride and honor that we, the members of the Paladin Society of Emory University, announce the bestowment of the fall 2005 set of Knights of Emory Spirit Awards upon College seniors Anita Schmidt and Adam Berry.
The Knights of Emory Spirit Award was conceived as a means of highlighting those individuals in our community who best embody the spirit of Emory. Each semester, the Paladin Society selects two Emory University students to receive this symbol of gratitude from the university as a whole. Candidates for the KOES Award possess the unique and admirable abilities to, among many other talents, promote and sustain school spirit, foster a greater sense of humanity among friends and strangers alike, and generally just make people's days that much brighter. Ultimately, the KOES Award recognizes sacrifice, service, selflessness and stability. Emory is fortunate in that it is home to a wealth of more-than-deserving candidates for this distinction, but this also makes the process of selecting the final recipients that much more difficult. Nevertheless, the Paladin Society has full confidence in its selection of Anita and Adam as the ideals of what all Emory community members should attempt to emulate.
Anita Schmidt, a senior psychology and women's studies major, has been in our sights for some time now. As the president of the Emory chapter of Hillel, Anita has overseen some of the largest and most successful programs of any Emory group during the last several years. We have particularly admired her work in spearheading the annual Half-Shekel "Slack-a-Thon" and the recent "Relief-a-Thon," both of which raised enormous sums of money for charity. And for some reason, no one seems to know of her involvement with these events. The success of Emory University is built upon the backs of unceasingly strong and humble individuals like Anita Schmidt, and for that reason, the Paladin Society is pleased to present her with one of the two Knights of Emory Spirit Awards for fall 2005.
Adam Berry, a senior Middle Eastern studies and political science major, has also long been a favorite of the Paladin Society. Possessed of a daunting intellect, Adam is an Emory Scholar and master of four languages. His service to Emory is evident: He founded the group Americans for Informed Democracy, is serving his third year in Residence Life as the senior resident adviser for Alabama and McTyeire residence halls, and was elected vice president and recruitment chair of the Young Democrats of Emory this past spring. Adam has demonstrated the characteristics of a humble, innovative, motivated leader, and the Paladin Society recognizes that Adam's contributions have strengthened Emory spirit and engaged his fellow students in many different areas. The Paladin Society takes great delight in honoring Adam with the second KOES Award for fall 2005.
The next step for Adam and Anita will be to accept a token of our appreciation in a private meeting with President Wagner: a knight chess piece.
The knight symbolizes the qualities of honor, dignity and loyalty to service valued so highly by our organization and by Emory University, and that these two individuals have exuded so consistently during their four years here.
The Paladin Society once again wishes to congratulate Anita Schmidt and Adam Berry on their selection as the fall 2005 recipients of the Knights of Emory Spirit Award.
We look forward to bestowing this significant honor upon Emory students, and we sincerely hope that members of the Emory community will continue with their endless devotion to this fine institution. As always, we will be watching-
-The Paladin Society is a secret society. It coordinates the Knights of Emory Spirit awards.