the senior who has done the best work in AP Art History this year is: Edel Dupré Galgon.
The Wood Design Prize:
the student who has done exemplary work in Wood Design this year is: Yao Yin.
The Ceramic Arts Award: given to the student who has demonstrated uncommon dedication, commitment, and achievement in the ceramics studio. In its inaugural year the recipient of the award is: Finnegan Peter Keilty.
The Palmer Prize for Debating, first awarded in 1937 and given by the father of Lowell M. Palmer II CdeP 1938: Edel Dupré Galgon.
The William Bennett Munro Prize
, first awarded in 1934 by Mr. Munro, who for many years was head of the Humanities Department at the California Institute of Technology, goes to that student who, in the opinion of the Faculty and Student Judges, has delivered the most eloquent, thoughtful and carefully prepared speech in the School-wide competition: Ogechukwu Defne Egbo.
The Kumana Prize is awarded for innovative research and solutions in meeting the challenges of global sustainability: Penelope Alice Brittingham, Emma Rose Freedman,
Liam Reed Kirkpatrick, and Peter Flynn Schmidt.
A Better Chance Award for Excellence is given annually to select scholars for academic distinction, contributions to school community, and who demonstrate an ability to achieve in a manner that is representative of the goals of A Better Chance and its member schools: Faith Nicole Earley.
The Moffitt Saddle, given by Liz Moffitt Herr in memory of the long-term relationship between Thacher and her father, Herbert C. Moffitt MD CdeP 1933, awarded each year to that junior whose energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Horse Program reflects that of Doctor Moffitt: Sarah Ann Finch.
The George Beckwith Gymkhana Trophy, presented to the captains of the winning gymkhana team: Sarah Ann Finch, Elizabeth Frances Hatton, Steven Malcolm Jump III, Rose Ellen O’Neal.
The Bissell Gymkhana Trophy, presented each year to the high-point man or woman: Steven Malcolm Jump III.
The Charles Pratt Trapshoot Plate, awarded to that student with the highest score: Brooks Thomas Walker (23/25).
The Hollister Wheaton Trapshoot Award goes to the parent and student with the highest score: William Hudson and son, Thomas Baskerville Lewis Hudson (17/25).
The Best Camper Award goes to the student who, in the opinion of the Camping Committee, has done the most camping and helped significantly with the running of the camping program: Liam Reed Kirkpatrick.
The Edward R. Spaulding Tennis Cup, presented to The Thacher School by E.R. Spaulding of Santa Barbara and first awarded in 1903, this award goes each year to the male and female School Tennis Champion: Sydney de Polo and Joe Hardwicke.
The Condor Trophy is awarded to that girls' and/or boys' varsity athletic team or teams who, in the opinion of the Athletic Council, have through their work rate, dedication, attitude, and record of achievement in league and post-season competition, truly distinguished themselves. Awarded to the Boys' Varsity Cross Country Team and the Girls' Varsity Tennis Team.
The Marvin Shagam Award goes annually to that student who has made a difference in The Thacher Community through force of character, goodness, courage, vision, and love for all God’s creation, rather than for leadership in academics and athletics. This year’s recipient: Lingyu “Mary” Yan.
The Cum Laude Society
Founded in 1906, Cum Laude is modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, the 232-year old honor society. Election to Cum Laude commends those students who have met the highest criteria of academic achievement and integrity throughout every semester of their time at Thacher. No more than 20 percent of the senior class may be elected; half that may be voted in as juniors. Additionally, to be chosen, a student must also hold dear the qualities of “Excellence, Justice and Honor” named in the Society’s motto: Areté, Diké, Timé.
Members of the Class of 2017, elected in their junior year:
Emma Rose Freedman
Edel Dupre Galgon
Liam Reed Kirkpatrick
Jordan Cunningham Perry
Clare Brigitte Best Rogowski
Erin Olivia Slichter
Members of the Class of 2017, elected in their senior year:
Penelope Alice Brittingham
Cara Marie Dienst
Elizabeth Holekamp Kern
Taylor Holston Gaines
Amanda Itzel Ibañez
Steven Malcolm Jump III
Maya Marina Wilcox
Members of the Class of 2018, elected this year:
Joseph Bennett Hardwicke