Vickerys Receive Service Award, Senior Parents Recognized
Head of School Quentin McDowell P ’25 presented White Key Co-chairs Kristin Butterfield Vickery ’88, P ’18, ’22 and Stuart Vickery P ’18, ’22 with the James Hasson Distinguished Service Award during the White Key spring meetings in the Burgin Center for the Arts on April 19. Also recognized were Terry and Eric Besch P ’20, ’22, and Alice and Karl Hoffman P ’17, ’22, who are White Key parents of members of the senior class graduating in May.
The James Hasson Distinguished Service Award is given to volunteers who extend distinguished service to Mercersburg over the course of many years.
“You’ve been active volunteers and supporters long before your role as current parents, and we are so grateful for everything you have done for Mercersburg,” McDowell said in presenting the award to the Vickerys. “You’ve done a marvelous job chairing the White Key Executive Council, and in honor of your hard work and dedication, we are pleased to present this award to you.”
Kristin has been a White Key member since 2015; together, the Vickerys have served as co-chairs of the White Key Executive Council since 2020. In addition to White Key, Kristin has served Mercersburg in a variety of volunteer roles, including as a member of the Board of Regents (2020 to 2022), a Reunion Committee co-chair (2003 and 2008); and a member of the Alumni Council (2017 to 2020). Read more about Kristin in a 2017 Mercersburg magazine story, “Peer Group: The Beginning of Your Mercersburg Family.”
“I am honored and humbled by the Hasson Award conferred to us today,” said Kristin. “It is a strange thing to be singled out for ‘work’ that is truly a labor of love. To be able to give back to and be in service of Mercersburg, a place and an experience that truly changed the trajectory of this awkward, painfully shy, incredibly sheltered 15-year-old girl's life in the mid-1980s, is a dream fulfilled. How fortunate we are that we could also see our two kids have similar transformational experiences and watch them be surrounded by friends and adults whose influence on them will last a lifetime.”
The Vickerys are the parents of Catherine ’22 and Thomas ’18. Kristin’s great-great grandfather John Drumm is an honorary member of the Class of 1938, and her father is John Butterfield ’56.
McDowell also recognized the Besches (parents of Duncan ’22 and Lauren ’18) and Hoffmans (parents of CJ ’22 and Elma ’17). The Besches have been active White Key volunteers since 2016; Eric has served as the co-chair of the White Key Executive Council Giving Committee, as well as helping with parent engagement and admission efforts. The Hoffmans have been active White Key volunteers since 2014, assisting with Annual Fund outreach, admission, events, and parent engagement and serving on the White Key Executive Council.
The James Hasson Distinguished Service Award was created to honor 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 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 Vickerys, the award was most recently awarded to Katie and Brendan Fitzsimmons P ’17, ’20 in 2020, Kim and Mark Siner P ’14, ’17 in 2017, and Carol Furnary Casparian ’79, P ’11, ’13, ’16, ’20 in 2010.