By Julie Barzilay
President Thomas C. Hudnut awarded the Bishopâs Medal to Ryan Thacher â08 and the Veritas Award to Madison Stanford â08 at graduation June 6. Hudnut praised Thacher as a model in the school community for his excellence in both tennis and academics. His name will be inscribed on a large silver Bishop’s Cup with the names of previous recipients. In describing Stanfordâs achievements, Hudnut explained that she overcame a serious injury and was forced to switch sports during high school while maintaining high academic standards.
Both Thacher and Stanford are matriculating to Stanford in the fall.
The Bishopâs Medal was created in 1908 to honor a senior boy who demonstrates leadership, scholarship, and involvement in athletic and extracurricular activities, according to its mission statement. The Veritas Award, which honors a female senior, was introduced by former Westlake Headmaster Nathan Reynolds â51 in 1967. These awards, the only ones presented at the ceremony each year, were given between Justin Kurtitzkes â08 Salutation and Danielle Kolinâs â08 Valediction speeches.
Last yearâs Bishopâs Medal recipient was Zack Mirman â07, while Hailey Orr â07 won the Veritas Award.