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Vinay Karthik ’24 Proud to Receive RPI Medal

Rudy Brandl

W+H junior Vinay Karthik ’25 received the prestigious RPI Medal after the final Upper School meeting of the school year on June 3. Vinay is pictured with Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, Ms. Alayne Birnhak, Associate Director of College Counseling, and Ms. Sarah Honan, Director of College Counseling. 

RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at least four years of math, including pre-calculus by the end of high school. They must also demonstrate potential for success in a challenging academic setting and exhibit significant involvement in extracurricular activities.  

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer is the oldest technological institution in North America, and it is located in the Capital Region of New York State. This prestigious award has been awarded since 1916 to one student in any given high school and is designed to recognize that student’s strength and success in the fields of mathematics and science. Medalists who apply, are admitted to, and enroll at Rensselaer are awarded a scholarship worth $40,000 per year.

“I am honored to have been selected for the RPI Medal in mathematics and science,” Vinay said. “I am extremely grateful to all of my teachers who have guided and supported me throughout my years at W+H and I hope to make them proud through my hard work and contributions to STEM in the future.”