Township Resident Wins Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Positive Influence Award

Smith Award

Dean of Studies Erik Kindblom presents the Davison Prize to Kiana Smith ’17 at Wilbraham & Monson Academy on May 27. Photo: Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

Township resident Kiana Smith was awarded the Davison Prize at Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Prize Day on May 27.

The Davison Prize is awarded each year to a student who is to return to the Wilbraham, Mass. Academy for the following year and who has shown in his or her school relationships a marked capacity for leadership, cooperation and helpful influence in school life.

“It is a true honor winning the Davison Award this year,” Smith, a member of the class of 2017, said in a release about the award. “This award is not just for me, but for my family and friends too. To be recognized for who I am really meant a lot to me. WMA accepted me for all of me and this award just proves that the school I love and appreciate loves me for me. I am very thankful.”

“Her motivation, enthusiasm and encouragement of others are infectious, whether it be in the classroom, the dorm, the dance room or on the basketball court, while giving tours to prospective families or playing with faculty children,” Dean of Studies Erik Kindblom said in the release.

Smith is part of the Global Leaders program at WMA. Her involvements at the Academy also include Human Rights & Equality (HRE), Finance, Entrepreneurship and Business Society (FEB), Gold Key and the musical production of Carousel.

“Through the Global Leaders program, I have been given the opportunity to meet amazing people, from the Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and many other amazing leaders of our world today,” Smith said.

Smith, who has been dancing since the age of two, is trained in tap, ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary and jazz. Because of her passion, skill and hard work, she is a great asset to the WMA Dance program.

“Dance is my life,” Smith said. “Dance for me is my outlet to express myself. It is my canvas to a painter, or field to a soccer player. The art of dance is much like a storybook. You never know where it could take you, but it always drives you to laugh, cry, be mad or even be scared.”

“I can’t wait for the beginning of my senior year, when it is seniors vs. faculty kickball,” Smith said. “I am also excited for the process of getting into college. I can’t wait to get my acceptance letters and jump for joy! I am coming into this year with a positive attitude and excitement for my senior year.”

Wilbraham & Monson Academy is an independent coeducational college preparatory middle and upper school for boarding and day students.


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