A: I was very quiet in school. A few years back, I did a local show, and the guidance counselor from my high school was there. She came up to me and said she was amazed and shocked at how great the show was because I was one of the quietest people she ever met.
Well. We DON’T remember things that way at all Shaun! Hmmm…
A March 2013 Athlete of the Week television spot from WTAE, features now Olympic Bronze and Gold Medal winner Leah Smith. WTAE’s Mike Clark again featured Leah in an interview only a few weeks ago that moved us to throw in our 2 cents as well! At RTSGC we feel it is important to seek out and laud Commitment to Excellence wherever we find it! In this case, Leah is extra special to us because she is not only a Western Pennsylvania native with extremely deep roots but also an Oakland Catholic High School graduate (GO OC!). We LOVE everything Family and everything Pittsburgh!!
Leah’s focus on excellence comes, in great part, from her family. In only her second year at the University of Virginia, her commitment and that special excellence derived from her family resulted in the continuation of a family legacy at UVA. Her finishing time in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Championships set a collegiate record and her time in the 1,650 freestyle set UVA and ACC records as well. This is follow-up to her father’s silver medal winning pole vault in an ACC Championship match.
From her “All in the Family” article in UVA MAGAZINE, Errin Whack wrote: Competing at the highest level might be in Smith’s DNA. Because of his competitive streak, Smith’s great-grandfather Jimmy Smith, who was an infielder for the Cincinnati Reds, holds the distinction of being the only player ejected from the 1919 World Series, for tirelessly heckling White Sox second baseman Eddie Collins. Smith’s great-uncle, boxer “The Pittsburgh Kid” Billy Conn, fought Joe Louis for the heavyweight championship twice. In his first fight he lost by a knockout in the last round, even though he was well ahead of Louis on points. His second challenge to Louis, a knockout loss in the ninth round, was the first televised heavyweight championship. Smith recalled being inspired as a young girl by her relatives’ athletic feats, poring over old newspaper clippings, and admiring trophies – including those belonging to her father, Dan. “I definitely think it made me want to be like my dad and have the same success that he did,” Smith says. “I used it to motivate me in the pool.”
What greater testament to her father and her family could Leah possible be?! We salute her, her accomplishments, and her family. Congratulations Leah Smith!
Sensory-friendly performances, at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are open to people of all ages and abilities but designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities. The symphony works closely with its Accessibility Advisory Committee and others in the Pittsburgh community to plan these performances, which give patrons the opportunity to enjoy symphony concerts together with family and friends in a welcoming, inclusive, and relaxed environment. Everyone is welcome to come and appreciate the music in his or her own way at our sensory-friendly performances!
Courage (勇yū) – strength in the face of fear and adversity
Benevolence (仁jin) – a disposition to do the good, right thing
Respect (禮rei) – actions and conduct to others reflecting esteem and deference
Honesty (誠makoto) – high principles in telling the truth
Honour (名誉meiyo) – quality of worthiness and respectability
Loyalty (忠義chūgi) – strong feeling of allegiance, support, and devotion
Nitobe Inazō (新渡戸 稲造, September 1, 1862 – October 15, 1933) was a Japanese agricultural economist, author, educator, diplomat, politician, and Christian during the pre-World War II period. By published by 東洋文化協會 (The Eastern Culture Association) – The Japanese book “幕末・明治・大正 回顧八十年史” (Memories for 80 years, Bakumatsu, Meiji, Taisho), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32816856.