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Will Carter: Wilbur Smith Award-Winner

Will Carter: Wilbur Smith Award-Winner

TISD Wilbur Smith Award Photo
Pictured L to R: Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent; Patti O’Bannon, THS Principal; Will Carter, Award Recipient; Susan Waldrep, THS STUCO Sponsor; Robyn Carter, Will’s Mother; Lauren Pilgreen, THS Assistant Principal.

Will Carter, a senior at Texas High School, won the 2022 Wilbur Smith Youth Award at the annual Lunch with Leaders event. Leadership Texarkana hosted this event on April 19, 2022.

About the Wilbur Smith Award

The Wilbur Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, and student leaders. Accordingly, the award-winners epitomize the power of one entity or individual to positively impact our community or region. Furthermore, they serve as models of effective leadership and of working together for excellence, pride, and progress for our community.

The award is named in memory of Wilbur Smith, a noted public servant to Texarkana for many years.


“We are very proud of Will and his recognition by Leadership Texarkana with the Wilbur Smith Award… It is exciting to see him honored in this way.”

– Dr. Doug Brubaker, TISD Superintendent

About Will Carter

Smith, a Texas High School graduate, dedicated his time and energy to Texarkana. He served in numerous civic organizations, including the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, the Texarkana Community Chest (which was a predecessor to the United Way), the Texarkana Rotary Club, and several other organizations.

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Dr. Doug Brubaker attests, “Through his extensive involvement in TISD’s leadership development programs and his engagement with our community, Will has demonstrated his drive to serve others and his gift for helping members of his team to develop their own leadership capacity.”

Carter also serves as Student Body President, and in a leadership capacity in a number of other student programs and organizations on campus. These programs include: National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Yearbook, Calculus Club, and Statistics Club. Ultimately, Carter plans to pursue a major in Economics of Finance upon graduation.

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