Max Conway ’19 was among 30 recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award on January 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The award was presented by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at a reception following the 43rdannual Celebration and Archdiocesan Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice, commemorating both the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This award honors students who are living examples of the quest for justice and peace that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so ardently sought.
Max, who was nominated for the award by faculty members, was humbled to represent De Smet Jesuit at the ceremony. “There are many students at De Smet who are deserving of this award. This is a great honor,” he says. Max balances his studies with a busy schedule that includes serving as a President’s Ambassador, participating in the Multicultural Awareness Club and the Unity Club, and competing as a varsity athlete in swimming and water polo. He participated in De Smet Jesuit’s service trip to Nicaragua in 2017 and looks forward to another school-sponsored trip to Belize during spring break. As part of his senior service project, Max is raising awareness and funds for cerebral palsy to help a family from Jordan purchase a medical van for their two children living with the disease.
“It’s phenomenal how De Smet makes service part of the curriculum,” Max shares, adding, “the Jesuit mission to see God in all things and in all people is meaningful to me.” He continues, “I’ve experienced injustice personally, and instead of allowing my frustration to affect me negatively, I try to channel it into something positive by working to make the world a better place any way I can.”
Max hopes to attend a Jesuit college or university and extend his education to graduate school for an MBA or law degree. “I want to do something that helps people,” he says.