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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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Mike Laux Character Award

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Mike Laux Character Award

Mike Laux is the beloved long-time coach of the Staples girls swim team. He has a true gift for promoting inclusivity and engagement. With a belief that as many girls as possible should participate in sports, Mike started the junior varsity swim competition in the FCIAC as well as the coed water polo team. He is a founding director of Project Return, a 30-year director/trustee of the Westport Y, and served on the Westport Youth Commission. While President of the Kiwanis Club, he created the Minuteman Triathlon.  Mike also served on the STG Board in the mid-1990’s after his daughters graduated from Staples.

Judith Gold Levine Scholarship Award

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Judith Gold Levine Scholarship Award

A dedicated speech and language pathologist, Judy served the Westport school system for over 20 years. An unforgettable woman, she touched the lives of students, teachers, family members and friends.

Linde Global Giving Award

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Linde Global Giving Award

Linde is a leading industrial gases and engineering company with 2018 pro forma sales of USD 28 billion, approximately 80,000 employees globally, and customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company is committed to improving the communities where its employees live and work.  The Linde Global Giving Award was created in 2013 to support the educational goals of high school graduates pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Lioness Award

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The Lioness Award

This annual award was established in the Fall of 2020 by the families of five former PTA Presidents: Candace Banks, Carolyn Caney, Lisa Hill, Sandra Krenzer, and Melissa Signorile. These volunteers led the Long Lots PTA in successive terms from 2013-2019. In this role, they dedicated themselves to supporting the students and staff of Long Lots School (“LLS”) through fundraising and community-building events as well as advocating for the interests of all WPS students at public town meetings throughout the year. A most welcome outgrowth of their extensive LLS volunteering is that the five women became great friends. The Lioness Award is a way for them to continue to support the ambitions of Staples High School graduates and to also celebrate their friendship that was borne of their volunteer work. The mascot of Long Lots School is “Leo” the Lion. The Lioness Award shall be renamed annually in honor of an LLS educator or staff member who has positively impacted the Long Lots community in a significant way. The 2020-2021 Lioness Award educator honoree is Dr. Debra Dunn.