TAMPA A Berkeley Preparatory School junior, Tristan Yang, has been selected for 2017 General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award by the West Point Society of the Florida West Coast. The award, named from one of the country’s war heroes, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, is to recognize and honor high school students who have distinguished themselves in a manner reflective of the ideals of West Point and its commitment to “Duty, Honor, country.” The students were nominated by their school administrators and chosen by the Society’s leadership board as high school juniors who demonstrate exceptional performance in academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship and leadership. Tristan Yang, a Houston born teenager, has 4.00 unweighted GPA, is Captain of the Debate Team. He has won a lot of honors, including 1st Speaker at the Wake Forest Policy Debate Tournament, Semifinalist at the Harvard Invitation, to becoming the 27th best in the nation in National Debate Coach Association Baker Point ranking. Tristan is also a nationally ranked fencer who is NAC qualified in both the United States Fencing Association and the British Fencing Association, representing the Tampa Fencing Academy and the Tonbridge School in England. He has also earned a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. Tristan plays the piano as well as the trumpet as a member of the Berkeley Preparatory School Jazz Ensemble/Concert Band. He volunteers his time to Metropolitan Ministries and led the Homeless Help Pack project to provide essential items for the homeless in his community. Tristan is very active in his boy scout troop too. He is the first Chinese-American Eagle Scout of the Greater Tampa Bay Council, the youngest and the first minority Senior Patrol Leader of his troop. He is also the chairman of Tampa Bay TARS Society. Tristan described the link between his Scout Oath and the Honor Code as “…devoting myself to helping others in every instance…”Other area award recipients for 2017 include: Sara Phillips, Academy of the Holy Names; Lauren Doebele, Freedom; Mallory Hirn, Newsom; Madison Reidenbach, Zephyrhills.