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May 11th, 2010
Captain Paul W. Peña honored at tree dedication

051010penatreeAn oak tree on the campus of San Marcos Baptist Academy was dedicated to fallen alumnus Captain Paul Peña.

STAFF REPORT

On May 1, an oak tree on the San Marcos Baptist Academy (SMBA) was dedicated in honor of Captain Paul Peña, a 2000 graduate of the school who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Jan. 19.

More than 100 people were at the ceremony, including Paul’s mother Ms. Cecelia Peña, representatives of Paul’s former Boy Scout troop, soldiers who served with him in the U.S. Army, representatives of his alma mater West Point, an honor guard and a color guard from SMBA’s Bear Battalion, as well as many friends, family members and current and former SMBA faculty and staff.

The plaque adorning the tree was given to SMBA by the Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers. Ms. Peña is a part of the organization. The Blue Star Mothers also presented Ms. Peña with a Gold Star Banner signifying that a soldier has given the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of America.

Paul Gately, co-president of the SMBA Alumni Council, announced at the ceremony of the establishment of the Captain Paul Peña Outstanding Alumni Award. The award will be given annually to an alumnus of SMBA who has exemplified honor and lived a life that brings credit and honor to the school. Captain Peña was posthumously selected as the first recipient of the award which will be formally presented during Homecoming 2010.

The ceremony also included the announcement by SMBA vice-president for development Bobby Dupree, that the Captain Paul W. Peña Memorial Scholarship has been fully funded and will generate a sizable scholarship for a selected deserving SMBA student this fall.

Donations for the scholarship are still being collected with the goal of increasing the amount of the endowment to $100,000. To donate to the scholarship call (512)353-2400.

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