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PressBox, GBMC Honor St. Paul's School's Billy Chizmar

December 14, 2016
PressBox and GBMC have teamed up to honor one high school student-athlete each month who demonstrates sportsmanship, school spirit, hard work and dedication with the Unsung Hero of the Month award. 

The latest honoree is St. Paul's School football player Billy Chizmar.

To nominate a student-athlete for consideration, click here.    

Chizmar was nominated by varsity football coach and athletic director Paul Bernstorf, who highlighted Chizmar's willingness to work -- both on his game and to help others.

"He has the admiration and respect of everyone in our school for the way he carries himself and the effort he puts into everything he does," Bernstorf wrote in his nomination.

Bernstorf described Chizmar as a "165-pound defensive end who gives his best every day" and praised the senior for staying after practice to work on his skills and for transporting other players to and from the school's practice field.

"It's just awesome that I can get this for St. Paul's," said Chizmar on accepting the award. "It means a lot to be able to represent St. Paul's that way."

Chizmar's readiness to support those around him goes beyond his teammates, as he can be seen helping clean up the concession stand after every home game ... although that may be because his parents are the ones who run the concession stand.

"Billy's a St. Paul's gentleman," assistant athletic director Scott Ripley said. "He does anything we ask him to do, doesn't think about himself. It's always about team first, great sportsmanship. ... I look forward to him growing up and being a leader in this community someday."

Chizmar has also excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.07 GPA while taking the full International Baccalaureate Diploma course load. He has committed to Colby College to play lacrosse.

"This is a young man who realizes he is part of something much bigger than himself and always serves others," Bernstorf wrote.

Watch video of the award presentation: