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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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Patty & Charlie Haberstroh Award

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Patty & Charlie Haberstroh Award

Patty and Charlie Haberstroh have spent a combined 40+ years in service to the Westport community through involvements with town government through elected and voluntary positions, work with the Human Services Department, running back-to-school programs, holiday giving programs and “service-above-self” via the Sunrise Rotary. Additionally, they founded the Staples Basketball Parents Association when their four children were going through Staples. Why do all this? Says Patty: “This town gave so much to our family, we felt it was right to give back.” One of Patty’s absolute favorite nights of the year is the STG Awards night and seeing the people and families she has worked with and for.

Harris Family Award

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Harris Family Award

Jodi and Patrick Harris are the product of the public education system in New York and California. They are grateful for the opportunities the Westport Public Schools have afforded their daughters and are passionate about giving back, serving the Westport community, and helping students realize their full potential.

#15 Preston Hirten Memorial Scholarship Award

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#15 Preston Hirten Memorial Scholarship Award

Preston Hirten was a key member of the Staples soccer team that was a finalist in the 2006 state championship. A fierce competitor on the field, and a gentle spirit and friend to all, he spent part of 2009 working on soccer and educational projects with young players in Ghana. Preston was entering his junior year at the University of Mary Washington when he died suddenly of a rare heart condition in August 2009. The #15 STG Award was established by family and friends to honor the number on Preston’s SHS jersey which he wore so proudly.

William D. Horne IV Memorial Award

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William D. Horne IV Memorial Award

Bill Horne was an avid chemistry student who is also remembered for his warm sense of humor. He was a member of the Staples Class of 1971, but he died before completing high school.

Howe Family Award

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Howe Family Award

John and Sarah Howe were proud to see their four children graduate from Staples High School and go on to pursue their own college educations and launch their diverse careers. The Howes believe strongly in the ability of education to create opportunities for young people to follow their dreams and to grow into responsible and active citizens. The Howes are particularly interested in supporting students pursuing technical or vocational training or studying in STEM fields. Through this award they hope to assist and inspire students not only to learn, but to pursue meaningful civic engagement in their communities.

Horace C. Hurlbutt Memorial Fund Award

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Horace C. Hurlbutt Memorial Fund Award

The Hurlbutt family has been associated with Westport since its founding as a town. Horace Hurlbutt’s will of 1932 established a trust that was to be expressly used for scholarships as well as other charitable endeavors.