Stephen Reich – A Local and National Hero

Stephen Reich was a star athlete who grew up in Washington, Ct . He is remembered as a husband, son, brother, friend, teammate and a true American hero. He passed away while serving our country in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

The Stephen Reich Memorial award was established in 2006 to honor his memory. The award goes to a Shepaug student who best exemplifies the characteristics Stephen demonstrated: character, leadership, service, and achievement. 

Scott Werkhoven, friend and classmate of Stephen, helps choose candidates for the award. He said that “anyone is eligible, and it doesn’t matter your grades, but instead, what makes you a great person. Stephen always made everyone around him happy.” 

Drew Bartkiewicz, another classmate, gushed about his fallen friend. “Stephen was a wonderful person with an infectious smile.”

This award brings the Shepaug community together to honor both Stephen and another well rounded individual with impeccable character. Since the award isn’t academic based, everyone can be considered. We look forward to seeing who will be awarded this honor in the spring.