Wednesday morning the Great Hall was filled yet quiet as Interim Head of Upper School Corbet Clark shared a series of emotional thoughts and words with the gathered community. All who were present heard the story of Patty Jeanne Semura, a graduate of OES from the Class of 1999 whose spirit inspired an award that bears her name.
The Patty Jeanne Semura Award was established in 2003 as a gift from her parents, Pat and Jack Semura, in the wake of their daughter's passing in 2001. Voted upon by faculty, the award is given annually to a member of the sophomore class "who possesses the vision, creativity, and potential to make a difference in the world, and who is an active builder of community."
Corbet served as the advisor to the Class of 1999, and thus in his remarks offered, "Patty was everything I hope for in an OES student . . . it would be easy to list off her many accomplishments in her short twenty years, but what I remember best about Patty Jeanne was her drive, her enthusiasm for life, and her commitment to the people around her."
This year's award recipient is Hannah W., (pictured above, with her parents), a member of the class of 2019 who is greatly respected by OES employees and students alike. In the words of her advisor Maria McIvor, Hannah is a "mature, wise, pervasively kind person. Her deep care for this community is evident through her constant striving to create an inclusive environment where everybody feels welcomed and valued for who they are."