Robert H. Leonard Service Award earned by Webb School’s DiBiase

Zach DiBiase
Webb School of Knoxville senior Zach DiBiase recently was presented with a Robert H. Leonard Service to Humanity Award for 2019 from Optimist Club of Knoxville.

This award, named in honor of Town of Farragut’s first mayor, is given annually to one student from each local high school for his or her exceptional contributions to the community.

DiBiase has contributed more than 400 hours of community service since his freshman year. In addition to assisting a variety of community organizations, including News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund, East Tennessee Rowing Organization and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, he participated in school service trips to Clearfork Community Institute and to remote areas of West Virginia, where he and other Webb students assisted with health assessments at local clinics.

DiBiase also completed numerous volunteer research hours this past summer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Cancer Biology.

A national President’s Volunteer Service Gold Medal recipient, DiBiase is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a member of Webb’s Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for excellence in math. He also was named to the school’s National Honor Society.

“Zach is an outstanding student who strives to make a difference in both his school and in his community,” said Hemal Tailor, Webb Upper School community service coordinator, adding DiBiase makes every effort to improve the quality of life of those around him through his service. “Zach is a leader, and he is dedicated to serving others and promoting a spirit of inclusion in everything he does.”