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STG named awards are created by donors in honor or in memory of a person, family, or organization. Established and funded by individuals, companies, civic groups and foundations, these awards – like all STG awards – benefit Staples High School graduates with demonstrated financial need.  Some awards are established by their donors to be directed towards students with specific accomplishments, interests, or academic pursuits.  Named awards are either endowed to fund grants in perpetuity, or funded annually with an initial minimum commitment of 4 years.

The below list of awards (listed alphabetically by last name) is a testament to the people, stories, and history of the incredible Westport community we call home.

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James F. Gillespie Award

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James F. Gillespie Award

Jim Gillespie was a well-respected psychotherapist in Westport. The Gillespie Center, which serves homeless men, is named in his honor for his contributions to town life. He died at a young age after being struck by a car while vacationing in France.

Eric Goldschmidt Memorial Award

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Eric Goldschmidt Memorial Award

Eric Goldschmidt, a 2007 graduate of Staples, was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore when he lost his battle with cancer in early 2011. He was a highly acclaimed photographer who frequently contributed to WestportNow. He was also keenly involved with Toquet Hall and the local music scene. Eric is remembered as a creative, humorous, dedicated friend to all, and a young man who fought his illness with grace.

Michael Goodgame Memorial Award

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Michael Goodgame Memorial Award

Michael Goodgame graduated in 2011 and served as Student Assembly president his senior year. He was a motivating force behind many events that benefited the entire Staples community. He was also known as a talented swimmer and writer, a leader, and a good friend to all. He died in an automobile accident in 2014, while a student and Ultimate Frisbee player at Carleton College.