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The Headmaster’s Prize is a leadership award, presented annually to the student who best represents the values and traditions of The Birch Wathen Lenox School. The recipient of this year’s Headmaster’s Prize, Misha Koechlin ’17, is well respected by faculty and peers alike. An outstanding example of BWL’s motto—Integrity, Loyalty and Civility—Misha is confident and has a strong sense of justice and fair play. A scholar athlete who has led BWL’s Varsity soccer, track and tennis teams, Misha has also enjoyed the challenge of a rigorous academic program, and has flourished during his high school career. He is well known for his diligence, motivation and intellectual curiosity.

Misha came to BWL at the beginning of his sophomore year, and is now bound for Hobart in the fall. He is interested in studying world languages further and is also contemplating a possible career in architecture. His philosophy about sports and academics has remained constant: he enjoys practicing—any sport, any season—and has found that many of the skills he uses as an athlete can be applied to academics, as well as to goals in other areas of his life.

In a recent conversation with the Headmaster, Misha discussed his plans for the future and explained how during his high school years, he developed an appreciation for endurance, cooperation and tenacity. As Headmaster Frank J. Carnabuci stated at BWL's Honors Convocation, “Misha is a true leader and role model for other students, and if you speak with him, you will be inspired.” We are certain that you will be hearing more about this talented alumnus in the years ahead!


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