The Upper School community awarded the esteemed Patty Jeanne Semura Award last week to a member of the Class of 2023. This year, the Patty Jeanne Semura Award recipient is Hafsa E. ‘23.
Hafsa’s advisor, Upper School Spanish Teacher and Community Engagement Coordinator Maria McIvor, spoke during the virtual presentation of Hafsa’s joyful presence and her affinity for uniting the Upper School community.
“Soulful, brave, amazingly gifted, Hafsa has so many talents,” McIvor said. “Her superpower for sure is the way, much like Patty Jeanne Semura, in which she uses her many gifts to connect with others and raise up her community. Hafsa’s teachers consistently celebrate her passion for learning, her tenacious, intellectual instincts, and her insightful contributions to their classes.”
Established in 2003 by Jack and Pat Semura to honor their daughter, Patty Jeanne ‘99, who died in 2001, the annual award is voted upon by faculty and presented 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."
“Hafsa’s inimitable pizzaz, love of life and of humanity is ever-present on the volleyball court, the lacrosse field, the basketball court, at debate tournaments, in the classroom, in our advisory, in the hallways, and beyond,” McIvor continued. “We thank you for all you've given to this community—your sparkling intellect and unquenchable spirit certainly embody that of Patty Jeanne Semura and we encourage you to continue to use your fierce, powerful, faithful voice to make the world a better place.”
"It just means so to me and my family that it was my teachers who chose me," Hafsa said. "I'm really thankful and I'm really glad that a lot of faculty and staff that I don't personally know chose me and I'm just so happy to have a lasting impact."