New Braunfels ISD has announced three recipients for this year’s prestigious Silver Unicorn Award: Kevin Korpi, Randy Leifeste and Laura Prewitt.

NBISD Board President Eric Bergquist, Trustee Morgan Renaud and Trustee Megan Willis along with the rest of the trustees and NBISD administration presented the trio the awards during a reception on Monday, April 8.

Since being established in 1965, the Silver Unicorn has been a beacon of recognition for the NBISD community. This prestigious award was initiated by the NBISD Board of Trustees and it honors individuals who have dedicated themselves to the students of NBISD.

Each year, nominations are accepted from community members and the Silver Unicorn recipients are approved by the board. Since its inception, the Silver Unicorn has had more than 300 recipients, who have dedicated countless hours to serving the NBISD community.

Their examples of selflessness set an example that prompts others, including the children they are helping, to help others when the opportunity arises. This cycle of giving and concern for others is one of the qualities that make New Braunfels a strong community.

Kevin Korpi is a proud graduate of the New Braunfels High School Class of 1992. After college, he returned to his alma mater where he has been a math teacher for the last 25 years. Aside from teaching, Korpi has put in countless hours enriching students and showing what it means to be a true-blue Unicorn.

His energy and pride can be seen daily in the halls of NBHS as he frequently blasts music and encourages karaoke during passing periods. Over the years, Korpi has been recognized as a district and regional Teacher of the Year and as a Distinguished Alumni.

Students set to graduate have selected him as a “Hero’s Dessert” guest nearly every year. Korpi also received the Behind the Walls Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his math series on the NBISD cable channel in the early 2000’s.

Korpi frequently can be found on the sidelines of all football games as he has served as a Buford hauler for two decades. For about the last 10 years, he has driven his personal vehicle to almost every away football game to ensure that Buford is on the field when the Unicorns run out of the tunnel.

It’s likely if you have attended a graduation ceremony, you have heard his name as he announces graduates’ achievements. He also serves as MC for many events like pep rallies and even convocation.

Randy Leifeste, a 1975 graduate of New Braunfels High School, also returned to his alma mater to teach. The late Leifeste successfully taught at several schools in Texas before returning to his beloved Unicorns where he taught band at NBHS. His wife Jody accepted the award on his behalf.

He served as an assistant band director for several years before becoming the head band director in 2006. He served in that position until 2018.

Leifeste’s Unicorn pride was unparalleled as he continued to support the Unicorn band program after retiring. He spent summers after retirement assisting and working at summer band camps.

One of his nominators credits him as one of the main reasons she is a band director today and attributes part of her teaching style to Leifeste. As a new band director, she often would ask for his help and invited him to band concerts, which he would attend.

After his son Nick, a professional trumpeter, passed away he helped set up a scholarship in his name for NBHS grads who planned to participate in a college music program. The New Braunfels Community Foundation Music Scholarship is now named in memory of him and Nick.

Leifeste was inspirational to thousands of NBISD students who fondly called him, “coach.” He had a gentle spirit and a great sense of humor in addition to superb musical talent.

Laura Prewitt grew up in New Braunfels and attended elementary and high school in NBISD. She graduated from NBHS in 2003 and finished the year in the top 10 percent of her class.

Prewitt’s passion to serve others is evident in the roles she has volunteered for in NBISD. Some of those roles include being the current PTA President at Veramendi Elementary and serving on the PTA Board at Oak Run Middle School.

Throughout this year, Prewitt has served as the parent co-chari of the Student Health Advisory Council, also known as SHAC. In this role, she became the link between education and health. She helped review the extensive health and wellness curriculum and present it to the NBISD Board of Trustees.

“She exudes strength, character, and a positive attitude. Her service to NBISD is impressive, but her determination to serve is moving, regardless of the circumstances,” one nominator said.

Following the reception ceremony, the Silver Unicorn as present with a plaque during the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, April 18.