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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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William “Bill” Kashetta Award

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William “Bill” Kashetta Award

William “Bill” Kashetta was one of Staples High School’s greatest all-time athletes, starring in 3 sports as a member of the Class of 1970—football, basketball and baseball. Big, fast and talented, Bill thrilled Wrecker fans with his athleticism, competitive spirit and toughness. He helped start the Westport PAL basketball program where generations of Westporters knew him as coach. Many also knew Bill as an avid fisherman and golfer. Bill was a talented and generous carpenter who was always willing to help with his expertise. He had a fun, outgoing personality, a huge smile and indomitable spirit; everyone was his friend.

Ann Kiester and Katy Macieski Memorial Award

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Ann Kiester and Katy Macieski Memorial Award

In 1982, the summer before their senior year at Staples, newly appointed cheerleading captains and best friends Ann and Katy died in a car accident. The entire Westport community was affected by their deaths. Ann’s mother, Betty Ann Kiester, attended STG ceremonies each year after this award was established. She often commented that the award recipients, typical teenagers, happily reminded her so much of Ann and Katy.

Michael Kowall Memorial Award

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Michael Kowall Memorial Award

Michael Kowall was just 13 when he died as a result of an injury sustained during a soccer match. His teammates and the Westport Soccer Association established this fund to honor him.

Krosse Family Scholarship Award

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Krosse Family Scholarship Award

The Krosse Family honors the outstanding education Nick (SHS ’08) and Jake (SHS ’11) received in the Westport school system. The family notes that “Staples instills in its students the desire to continue learning, and to be the best that one can be”. In her four years on the STG Committee (three were on the Student Committee), former Co-Chair Lisa Krosse met some amazing students who persevere despite the odds. She also came to appreciate a very generous community that values education not only for its own children, but for others too.