Haley Surti '97

Prized Athlete, Musician, Scholar, and Friend

As an accomplished athlete, musician, and scholar, Haley Surti is a shining example of an extraordinary, multi-talented WT Bear. Surti, who was a WT lifer, excelled at Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse throughout Middle and Upper School. In their research on “unsung heroes,” last spring Lower School Students Peter Tadic, Andy Zivkovic, and Vishal Bandaru researched Haley Surti. They discovered that she played the violin in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and noted that she was “a great friend” and an excellent example of a “well-rounded student.” She carried her admirable attributes as a team player into her academics and relationships. She was known for her leadership on the field and in the classroom, and admired for her strength, intelligence, sportsmanship, and kind nature. Surti was named the athlete of the year for two consecutive years, in 1995-1996 and 1996-1997. In her senior year she was recognized as a YMCA Scholar-Athlete, and selected for the National Lacrosse team. Surti also received a scholarship, given by Shadyside Hospital’s Athletic Training department, for her community service, leadership, and academic work.

The Character of a Bear: Unwavering Dedication

Tragically, Surti died in a bus accident in Peru soon after graduating from Harvard University. In 2005, the WT Athletics office retired her jersey—number 44—and established an award in her name that recognizes students who follow Surti’s example and participate in a sport every season they attend WT. In the words of Bryna Storch ’97, one of several individuals who nominated Surti for the Hall of Fame: “She lived her time on earth in service to good sportsmanship and helping others, on the playing field and in every endeavor.” Now her legacy as student-athlete, musician, and friend will forever be honored in the Athletes Hall of Fame.