Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

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VES Recognizes Students, Faculty, & Staff During Community Awards

The VES community came together last Wednesday, May 15 at the Community Awards to celebrate members of the Bishop family and the impact they have had on campus. This ceremony is a special time for us to recognize faculty and staff who have made a difference in the day to to day lives of students, as well as students who have used their time and talents to give back to this special place. You can view photos from Community Awards here.

Community Award Recipients

Faculty Awards:

The Zimmer Award, Awarded to Mr. Alex Rivenburgh
Established in 1997, the Zimmer Award is presented by the senior class to that faculty member or administrator who demonstrates the deepest love and concern for the school. 

The Elinor Bass Hopkins Memorial Award, Awarded to Mrs. Ginna Petrikonis
Established in 2016 by Emmy Ellison ’96 to honor Elinor Hopkins, the late wife of long-time Senior Master James W. Hopkins, who devoted her life to better her community. A deserving faculty member, member of the staff, or spouse of a staff or faculty member is recognized with this award for his or her dedication to the VES community and for making an outstanding contribution to the school and its students.

The Smith Family Awards, Awarded to Mr. Matt Foy and Mr. Patrick Pickard
The Smith Family Award is made through contributions to VES by Jean Smith and Gordon Smith, Jr., parents of Gordon Smith III ’62 and Clark Smith ’65. It recognizes excellence in teaching and the making of meaningful connections with young men and women. 

Student Awards:

James Ira Pritchett III '30 Big Brother Award, Awarded to Ethan Kline '24
Originally presented in 1927, Dr. Drake Pritchett ’33 renamed this award in 1950 in memory of his big brother, James Ira Pritchett ’30, a former recipient of the award. Since Dr. Pritchett’s death in 1998, his family has given the award in memory of their mother, Sarah Whitney Pritchett; their father, Drake Pritchett; and his big brother, James Ira Pritchett III. This award honors the senior boy and senior girl who have done the most to help new students adjust to life at VES.

James Ira Pritchett III '30 Big Sister Award, Awarded to Lucy Stark '24
Originally presented in 1927, Dr. Drake Pritchett ’33 renamed this award in 1950 in memory of his big brother, James Ira Pritchett ’30, a former recipient of the award. Since Dr. Pritchett’s death in 1998, his family has given the award in memory of their mother, Sarah Whitney Pritchett; their father, Drake Pritchett; and his big brother, James Ira Pritchett III. This award honors the senior boy and senior girl who have done the most to help new students adjust to life at VES.

Red Cross: High School Scholarship Program Award, Awarded to Luke Huryk '24
The recipient must be an active participant in the high school’s blood drive program and should exhibit a leadership role in the coordination and recruitment of blood drives.

Rotary Club Ethics Awards, Awarded to Amogh Thallapragada '24 and Annie Mitchell '24
Each year the Rotary Club of Lynchburg honors young men and women in their senior year of high school who have displayed exemplary ethical ideals. The Rotary Club recognizes students who best exemplify the following ethical ideals: True to Themselves, Strong Work Loyalty, Honest and Trustworthy, Win and Lose with a Smile, Diligent in their use of their talents, Developed a sense of gratitude and appreciation, and Exemplify the motto: Service Above Self.

The Bank of the James Ronald V. Dolan Citizenship Award, Awarded to Mykala Smith '24
The Bank of the James Ronald V. Dolan Citizenship Award was established in 2006 to commemorate the enduring and positive influence Ron Dolan had on our community. As a founding board member of the Bank of the James, Ron was an accomplished businessman and exemplified good citizenship in everything he did. The Bank of the James honors his memory by granting this award to students who have demonstrated the characteristics Ron personified: outstanding citizenship qualities that show loyalty, trustworthiness, integrity, and a general concern for the well-being of others.

The John H. Bell Community Service Award, Awarded to Francis Fenton '25
The John H. Bell Community Service Award is given each year to a student who has shown themselves to be a champion for the virtue of serving others. The award is not merely a reflection of hours of service completed, but of a demonstrated commitment to the kind of service which makes a tangible difference in the world around them. The award is given to one who best demonstrates the true spirit of selfless service and leadership inspired by the life of VES parent and prominent Lynchburg cardiac surgeon, Dr. John H. Bell.

Thomas Moore Carruthers ’20 Memorial Athletic Award, Awarded to Thomas Fenton '24
This award was established in 1938 by Thomas Moore Carruthers ’20 in memory of his brother, Elmer Irving Carruthers ’20, who gave his life for his country in World War II. After Thomas’ death in 1983, his widow continued the award in memory of her husband. Since 1995, the Carruthers family has given the award in memory of both brothers. The award recognizes the top VES scholar-athlete.

Iron Bishop Athletic Awards, Awarded to Billy Koudelka '24 and Thomas Fenton '24 
The Iron Bishop Award is given to students who have participated on a competitive team each season during their time at VES. These students represent the true spirit of the student-athlete who has displayed dedication, leadership, and growth both on and off the VES playing surfaces.

Frederick William Carrington '41 Memorial Athletic Awards, Awarded to Grace Battle '24 and Sam Hurt '24
Established in 1977 in memory of the late Frederick W. Carrington ’41 by Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Traywick, Jr. for the athletes who display the greatest qualities of perseverance, determination, and heart.