And the Award Goes to...

Kirby Trapolino is founder and director of the nonprofit organization Peace Gospel International (, a project he began in 1993. Through the development of small business enterprise, his organization empowers sustainable, native-led, mercy-based programs in Asia & Africa: caring for orphans, child trafficking victims, at-risk women and destitute children of slums. He uses photography extensively in social media to tell the story of his work abroad, raising awareness and support for these causes. He gained notoriety for his "30 Day Challenge" blogs in which he chronicles his experiences living off of just $30 of food for 30 days, to raise awareness of extreme poverty in the developing world. Concurrent to the early years of his philanthropic work, he pioneered an independent music distribution solution called Grassroots Music, which he operated from 1994-2004 with an online presence ranked among the world's top 20,000 websites by Alexa. During this time he also served as manager of the internationally acclaimed music group Caedmon's Call during their first 3 studio releases, with career sales topping 2 million CDs. He studied Radio/TV/Film Communications and Art at the University of Houston. 

While at SBS, Kirby involved himself with the Key Club, Student Council, varsity track and cross country and the junior varsity basketball team.

Congratulations, Kirby! We are thrilled to have you back and recognize you as this year's Distinguished Alumnus.