“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

Helen Keller so aptly describes the loss of two very special members of our WT family—alumnus Nathan Hurrell ’14 and English teacher Mrs. Jeanne-Anna Widgery. Through the efforts of family, friends, students, and faculty, our community celebrated their memories this past spring during Upper School Class Day by naming two student awards in their honor.

Nathan A. Hurrell ’14 Performing Arts Service Award

The Nathan A. Hurrell ’14 Performing Arts Service Award is presented in memory of Nathan Hurrell, who died tragically just 11 days after graduating from WT. Nathan had a gentle and warming soul and brightened the lives of his fellow students through laughter. He was known to lift your spirit if you were down and made a point to blindly tackle inequalities. Nathan’s unswerving loyalty, generous heart, unflagging optimism, and devotion to the performing arts at WT exemplified the qualities of the award recipient: a student who is a full participant in the performing arts, who unselfishly gives time and talent to others, and who provides the “behind the scenes” support so critical to running an ensemble or producing a show.

The 2015 award was presented to H. Haydon Alexander. Haydon is currently a junior who acts as stage manager for the Upper School productions.

Jeanne-Anna Widgery ’37 English Prize

The Jeanne-Anna Widgery English Prize is awarded to a senior who has distinguished herself or himself in both writing and literature, developing prowess and demonstrating intellectual rigor in literary analysis and criticism, and honing skills in creative or academic writing. Mrs. Jeanne-Anna Ayres Widgery ’37 was a poet, novelist, painter, mother, and WT English teacher who inspired her students with her passion for writing, as well as her keen intelligence, open-mindedness, deep caring, and fierce sense of what is right. She received WT’s Distinguished Alumna award in 1985.

Mrs. Widgery’s three daughters attended WT—Carolyn Widgery Silk ’69, Catherine Widgery ’71, and Claudia Widgery Stelle ’73. With an initial lead donation from the Widgery family, and ongoing support from alumnae/i and friends, this prize helps to ensure that a WT student will champion Mrs. Widgery’s legacy and passion for writing. The inaugural recipient of the Jeanne-Anna Widgery English Prize was Maia Rosenfeld ’15, presently a freshmen at Brown University.

If you would like to make a memorial contribution to these, or other awards, please contact Drew Chelosky, Director of Advancement, at cheloskyd@winchesterthurston.org or 412-578-3746.