In the spirit of Dr Stanley Haas, the late executive director of NESA, and of Luke Hansen, a remarkable student who died in an accident, this award recognizes middle school students (grades 6-8) at NESA member schools who model the character traits we value most in our students: consistency, persistence, a willingness to take risks, acceptance of other cultures/points of view and a genuine interest in and commitment to the welfare of others. The award is not meant to recognize academic, athletic or artistic talent or achievement, though nominees may well excel in one or more of these areas.
The Selection Committee asked to choose the individuals who will receive this year's "Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Awards" has announced its decision. The awardees for 2016-2017 are:
- Chrysonoe Katsarou, American Community Schools of Athens, Greece
- Quincy Loria, American School of Doha, Qatar*
- Tisya Raina, American School of Doha, Qatar*
NESA and TieCare International, who has been generously supporting the Haas/Hansen Award for many years, did some deep thinking about the way we've allocated the money for this award, and we've decided to alter the current practice. From this year on, instead of using much of the funding to support a student and her/his parent so that s/he can address delegates at NESA's Spring Educators Conference (SEC) for 3-5 minutes, we've increased the award given to each student to $1,000. Each of the students who receives one of these awards will then be highlighted in the spring issue of NESA News and their names will be announced at the SEC.
Our thanks to TieCare International for sponsoring this award and to the Selection Committee for its work.
We look forward to giving the Haas/Hansen Award again next year and in the years to come. Congratulations to the winners!
*Watch Quincy and Tisya's interview with AS-Doha's Director of Professional Learning, Gail Seay, and MS Counselor Jen Hammonds.