The 2015 winner of the Harvard-Westlake Boys’ Tennis Team’s Brendan Kutler Sportsmanship Award is Jaird Meyer. Jaird is taking a post graduation gap year to work on internships at Harvard-Westlake and in Singapore prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania in 2016.
Gavin Cook, winner of the first Two-hats Award in 2010, recently graduated from Princeton University. In a video segment of 2015 graduates, Gavin singles out Brendan for special thanks.
The 2014 winner of the Brendan Kutler Memorial Scholarship is Denis Russu of Portland, Oregon.
Denis grew up in an agrarian village in southern Ukraine. Like many young aspiring scientists, he spent his early years in school with his heart set on becoming an astronaut. As he grew older and moved to the United States, that ambition developed into a love for astrophysics and mathematics.
The 2013 Harvard-Westlake Annual Report included two items concerning Brendan and his legacy.
First was a short essay written by Robert Reeves, Brendan’s classmate at Harvard-Westlake. The essay also included a picture of the S.S. Kutler, which Robert and others constructed in Brendan’s memory.
The report also included a sample of course titles offered at the Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies.
This year’s winner of the Two Hats Award is Daniel Palumbo. Harvard-Westlake president Tom Hudnut presented the award to Daniel in a ceremony attended by Brendan’s parents.
With support from the scholarship, Rasmi is attending Columbia University in New York where he is studying engineering. He attended the Summer Science Program in Santa Barbara, was a member of Key Club and played in his high school marching band. He has strong intellectual curiosity with a wide diversity of interests all balanced by a good dose of compassion and humility. Rasmi wants to use computer science to address the “big issues” in this world.
Exoplanet KOI-94b has been named “Brendan Kutler” in the Keck Exoplanet Registry.
The planet is estimated to be 70% larger than Earth and orbits a F-type main sequence star 600 light years in the constellation Cygnus.
Click here to download a copy of the naming certificate. Exoplanet Certificate – Kutler
Jameson West is the 2012 winner of the Harvard-Westlake Boys Tennis Team’s Brendan Kutler Sportsmanship Award.
The annual sportsmanship award was named in honor of Brendan Kutler, who was a team member for several seasons, and was himself the recipient of the sportsmanship trophy in 2008 and 2009.