Inspiring students to become positive, active global citizens is central to the mission of the American School of Doha. Quincy Loria and Tisya Raina, two eighth grade students, recently won the Haas/Hansen Student Award 2017 for their ongoing commitment to service and strength of character. These students were honored during a school assembly by the Director of Teaching and Learning, Ms. Gail Seay, and Middle School Principal, Mr. Robert Gohr. Loria and Raina both received checks for US$ 1,000 from the Near East South Asia (NESA) Council of Schools.
In the spirit of Stanley Haas, late executive director of NESA, and of Luke Hansen, a remarkable student who died in an accident, the annual Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Award is meant to recognize students who are a credit to themselves and to their schools. The award is given annually to students of middle school age (i.e: Grades 6 - 8 inclusive) currently enrolled in schools that are members of NESA.
The Haas/Hansen Student Award is not meant to recognize a specific academic, athletic or artistic talent or achievement, though nominees may well excel in one or more of these areas. It is to highlight those young people who model the character traits that NESA values most in its’ students: persistence, a willingness to take risks, acceptance of other cultures and points of view and a genuine interest in and demonstrated, sustained commitment to the welfare of others. Congratulations to Quincy Loria and to Tisya Raina for exemplifying all that the Haas/Hansen Student Award represents and for being a shining example to students at the American School of Doha (ASD) and across the Middle East.
This year there were twenty-two applications from middle school students at ASD. A panel of judges determined three entries to send to the regional competition to represent the school. The fact that NESA selected two students from ASD among four recipients is quite an accomplishment and honor. The American School of Doha Director, Dr. Tom Hawkins, remarked at this achievement, “We are incredibly happy for Quincy and Tisya for being recognized, and thankful to NESA for their support of such an opportunity. We are proud of these young girls, and all of our students, for living our mission to become “positive, active global citizens” like Stanley Haas and Luke Hansen".