“Finding your passion gives you the confidence and drive to pursue your dreams.” – Billy Baldwin ’79

It’s Billy Baldwin’s genuine commitment to sparking passion and creativity that led him to establish the Baldwin Award at Trinity-Pawling. The Baldwin Award is given to a member of the senior class who successfully completes a Diploma with Distinction, which is an honor given to seniors who showcase exceptional independence and determination throughout their Senior Independent Projects (SIP). “I want this award to support an environment where students can identify a passion and tap into the drive to create. If they can ultimately build a career based on something they truly love, all the better,” shared Baldwin.

This year, nine graduating seniors completed their SIPs in a manner worthy of earning a Diploma with Distinction: Michael Acquaah-Harrison, Toby Berner, Peter Claro, Ryan Kane, Aidan Morgan, David Poulos, Matt Romeo, Tyler Woods, and Kevin Zhong.

During the 114th Commencement Exercises last month, the 2021 Baldwin Award was proudly presented to Michael Acquaah-Harrison ’21 for his exceptional SIP! After viewing all nine eligible senior presentations earlier this spring, a panel of alumni judges chose Michael as the winner based on a combination of his idea development, the quality of his final product, his presentation, and most importantly, the evidence of his passion and drive. Michael’s tireless efforts to develop his mobile application, Eyewitness © (a safety-based app for people in critical situations, which is currently in Beta testing), successfully met all the criteria and thoroughly impressed the panel.

“Michael showcased an incredible level of individual problem-solving, passion, and a clear drive to continue improving his app,” shared Co-Director of College Counseling Scott Harff. “So well deserved!”

We extend a heartfelt congratulations to Michael, and a special thank you to Billy for continuing to inspire Trinity-Pawling students in all of their creative endeavors.

by Emma Christiantelli