Scott Genzer NHS Speech on college scholarships

Scott Genzer NHS Speech on college scholarships


good evening I’m fortunate to talk to you about scholarship something that I’m familiar with being a teacher at this school and in particular I want to talk about its role in shaping global leaders in tomorrow’s world as you know scholarship is defined as academic study or achievement at a high level a valued attribute for the National Honor Society and much of what we do here in this building but what is the value of scholarship for our future leaders no it’s not to use geometry to measure out the surface area of a newly formed nation nor is it college scholarships needed to measure the mass of a new piece of legislation no matter how large it may be yes of course future global leaders need to know how to write you know how to read know how to interpret figures and speak foreign languages these are the obvious reasons but I have two short anecdotes

that can illustrate the value of scholarship a bit deeper first I read the other day that c-span a us-based political TV channel revised its rankings of all United States presidents in history from george washington to george w bush and now president barack obama they based it on several criteria such as public persuasion crisis management and so on as expected and has been quite clear in the piss test past history Abraham Lincoln came up on top and James Buchanan came in dead last who is james buchanan the 15th president james buchanan is generally considered a complete failure not only to not only due to his inability to prevent the u.s Civil War but also began the use of deficit financing to attempt to calm the panic of 1857 he also used false information from the state of Utah as justification to invade the state you cannons troops got bogged down by Brigham Young state militia and the entire war was eventually named

you cannons blundered I don’t mean to make any parallels to our current or recently former leaders but if future leaders were able to study the past in a scholarly fashion they could perhaps be able to make good decisions in the future second example a few years ago I was at a cocktail party with several members of the diplomatic corps in Warsaw Poland as usual at these parties I need parents of my students and also as usual at these parties we end up talking about school well at this particular party I was talking to mr. Michael Kirby a foreign service officer with the u.s. embassy who is now the ambassador of the United States to this country of Moldova it turned out at the time that I was teaching his daughter geometry and I joke to them at the time that although I love geometry dearly I did not expect him to remember any of it as I could not imagine that it was in any way useful in his daily life I made a joke he didn’t laugh his response to my joke was serious and memorable he said I was absolutely completely wrong he said if there were

any classes in high school that he studied in a scholarly context that were applicable in his daily life one of them would be geometry huh he said he used it every day he said that the adoptive reasoning skills that he used to further his agendas and negotiate with representatives of the host country and other countries were a direct application of his learned skill of geometric proof 20 years earlier yes his high level of academic study of Euclidean geometry was being used by a world beard on a daily basis by these examples I think it is clear that scholarship this intense study of academic disciplines is an extremely relevant is extremely relevant to tomorrow’s leaders and a key attribute of the National Honor Society