Katie and Brendan Fitzsimmons P ’17, ’20 Honored with Service Award
Mercersburg is pleased to honor Katie and Brendan Fitzsimmons P ’17, ’20, current co-chairs of White Key, with the James Hasson Distinguished Service Award, an award given when a volunteer extends distinguished service to Mercersburg over the course of many years.
In presenting this award to the Fitzsimmonses, Head of School Katie Titus said, “You are most deserving of this honor, as you have supported the school as White Key co-chairs and through student activities, admission, advancement and alumni relations, and athletics. Thank you for your service to our school and for the countless hours you have enthusiastically volunteered.”
The Fitzsimmonses have been members of White Key since 2014, became White Key vice-chairs in 2017, and have served as White Key co-chairs since 2018. They have worked as admission volunteers and Daring to Lead Campaign spring event hosts. Katie has volunteered as a team parent, while Brendan has served as an Annual Fund volunteer. In addition, Brendan has volunteered with Mercersburg’s senior capstone courses, Springboard and MAPS, and joined the Board of Regents as an ex-officio member in 2018, serving on the Investment, Finance, and Advancement committees.
The Fitzsimmonses’ daughter, Barbara, graduated in 2017, and their son, Dalton, is a member of the Class of 2020.
The James Hasson Distinguished Service Award was created to honor James Hasson and those parent volunteers who emulate his outstanding commitment to Mercersburg. Jim began volunteering for Mercersburg in 1994 when his older daughter, Julie ’98, enrolled as a first-year student, and he continued while his younger daughter, Jill ’00, was a student. Even after both daughters’ graduations, at a time when many Mercersburg parents allow their support to ebb, Jim continued to support Mercersburg by dedicating his time in volunteer hours, attending school sporting events, and supporting the school financially. He passed away in 2009.
Prior to the Fitzsimmonses, this award was most recently awarded to Kim and Mark Siner P ’14, ’17 in 2017 and Carol Furnary Casparian ’79, P ’11, ’13, ’16, ’20 in 2010.