The Ryde Gold Medal

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The Ryde Gold Medal is awarded each year to the “best all-round senior student” at Trinity College, Kandy. The Ryde Gold Medal is the highest honor that the School can bestow. It is awarded on the result of a secret ballot conducted among the senior boys(Grade 11-14) and the staff whose votes, together with that of the Principal, each count as one. While this system makes deadlock possible, it is only on four occasions that the Medal has not been awarded as a result of the three votes going to three different people. The Medal cannot be won more than once.

The Ryde Gold Medal was first presented in 1908 to John Andrew, but he was not the first boy in the history of the school to be adjudged the best all-rounder. Historical records show that such a prize has been awarded as early as 1894. The Ryde Gold Medal is named after Rev. R. W. Ryde, a former Principal of Trinity (1900-1902).

Notable winners of the Ryde Gold Medal include former Under Secretary General of the UN Mr Jayantha Dhanapala(1956), former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar(1949), Former Vice President and CIO of the World Bank Mr.M.V. Muhsin (1962), first Ceylonese IGP and Ambassador Sir Richard Aluwihare (1915) and the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team Mr Kumar Sangakkara(1996).

Pre Ryde Gold Medal Era
1894 E.C. de Alwis
1901 T.B.Ellepola
1902 C.B.Aluvihare
1904 R.S. Tennekoon
1905 P.C. Dedigama
1906 M.B.Ekanayake
1907 P.B. Dissanayake

Past winners of the Ryde Gold Medal;
1908 J. Andrew
1909 C.E Simithraaratchy
1910 J. Masilamani
1911 V.C. Perera & G.E.J. Hulugalle
1912 S.J.C.Schokman
1913 R.R. Breckenridge
1914 J.L.C.Rodrigo
1915 R.Aluwihare
1916 R.C.Edwards
1917 A.H.R. Joseph
1918 J.A.de Silva
1919 N.F.L. Moonemale
1920 S.B. Yatawara
1921 A.P. Maralande
1922 H.R.V. Johnson
1923 L.C. de Mel
1924 R. Gibson
1925 H. Delvita
1926 M.B. Dedigama
1927 P. Ramanathan
1928 K.B. Sangakkara
1929 S.A Odayar
1930 J. Duncan
1931 A. Panabokke
1932 M.C. Fernando
1933 H.G. Geddes
1934 O.L.Z. Abdeen
1935 R. Breckenridge
1936 O.L. Izadeen
1937 T.B. Marambe
1938 Not awarded
1939 M.K. Kannangara
1940 H.B. Abeyaratne
1941 S.B. Dissanayake
1942 G.B. Paranagama
1943 T.B. Werapitiya
1944 A.P.Fernando
1945 J.C. Cooke
1946 M. Wanduragala
1947 D.N. Ratnavale
1948 L.V. Wadsworth
1949 L. Kadirgamar
1950 N.S. Madugalle
1951 M.R. Abeyaratne
1952 M.S. Panditharatne
1953 Not awarded
1954 R.M. Aluwihare
1955 A.S. Pilimatalawe
1956 J.C.B. Dhanapala
1957 S.L. Ekanayake
1958 A.N. Maralande
1959 R.S. Peiris
1960 J.S. Ratwatte
1961 E.T. Abeyewardene
1962 M.V. Muhsin
1963 J.T. Labrooy
1964 M.T.M. Zaruk
1965 R.T. Siriwardena
1966 T.B.H. Dunuwille
1967 D.W.S. de Simon
1968 A.L. Abeyaratne
1969 D.V. Seevaratnam
1970 H. Herat
1971 U.R. Sangakkara
1972 A.E. Unantenne
1973 M. Rajasingham
1974 G.T.A. Samaranayake
1975 C.Y. Ching (Jnr.)
1976 R.M.W. Jayasekera
1977 J.K. Congreve
1978 P.S. Dinesh
1979 P.D. Dassanayake
1980 T.B. Ellepola
1981 Not awarded
1982 G.R. Dissanaike
1983 A.D. Ratwatte
1984 S.G. Ekanayake
1985 A.U. Aturaliya
1986 T.P.Weerasooriya
1987 S.N. Gunaratne
1988 F.C.S.Jayawardena
1989 P. Herath
1990 D.N. Aturaliya
1991 A.I. Ranhotty
1992 D.de Silva
1993 A. Ranaweera
1994 M.R. Dassanayake
1995 H.D. Atapattu
1996 C.K. Sangakkara
1997 U.R. Attygalle
1998 I.S. Gammampila
1999 K.T.B. Halpe
2000 Not Awarded
2001 G.C.B. Welikumbura
2002 M. Maddumapatabendi
2003 M.M. Muneer
2004 C.M. Fernando
2005 C.S. Dumbarage
2006 B.M.E.D. Basnayake
2007 B.C. Waidyatilake
2008 A.D. Bulanawewa
2009 M.V. Wijesinghe
2010 D.C. Bandara
2011 A. Jayasundara

Source: Wikipedia

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