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New Student Award Honors Alumnus Curtis Randolph Hudgins, Jr. '42 and Longtime EHS Teacher Mike Miller
Episcopal last night introduced a new award for outstanding achievement in economics, announcing Ben Korkowski ’19 of Leesburg, Va., as the first recipient.
The award was created by Curtis Randolph Hudgins III in memory of his father, Curtis Randolph Hudgins Jr. ’42, and in honor of his friend Dr. Mike Miller, an EHS economics and social studies teacher who is retiring this spring after 50 years at the School.
In the citation for the award, Dr. Miller praised Ben as a talented, hard-working student with a passion for economics but also chemistry. “Ben has a love of the subject that will carry him far even if he decides to be a chemist,” he wrote. “No one would be surprised to see a Nobel Prize in either discipline in Ben’s future.”
Mr. Hudgins attended the ceremony and praised Dr. Miller for the foundation in economics he has given to generations of students. The two became friends while Mr. Hudgins taught economics and coached tennis at Woodberry Forest from 1992 to 2015.
Mr. Hudgins’s father, a longtime civic and business leader in Norfolk, Va., worked to improve the study of economics in the area’s schools and the community. Among other things, he helped establish a regional chapter of Junior Achievement as well as the Economics Club of Hampton Roads. While at Episcopal, he was a member of the Fairfax Literary Society and the Chronicle and Whispers boards. He also played tennis and basketball and ran track.
The award was announced at the year’s last Lyceum, the School’s forum for discussion of the historical context of topics in the news. History teacher Mike Reynolds illustrated how President Trump has taken an age-old practice among presidents and politicians to use history to drive home political messages, often favoring interpretations of events that historians believe are inaccurate, and adapted this practice for our modern social media culture. Reynolds noted that historians calling themselves “Twitter-storians” are taking to Twitter and Facebook to counter political messages with historical fact.
When Esther Kim ’19 left her small, predominantly white town in western Tennessee to attend Episcopal, she says she had little sense of what diversity means, or of its importance. Yet four years later, her work to make diversity a focus at EHS has earned her a Certificate of Accomplishment from the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations.