Nine win Spirit of Princeton awards
Posted May 18, 2006; 12:45 p.m.
Nine students have been named winners of the 2006 Spirit of Princeton awards, which honor undergraduates for their positive contributions to campus life.
The awards recognize students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the undergraduate experience through contributions to student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.
The 2006 winners are:
- Junior Aitalohi Amaize, who formerly served as secretary of Akwaaba, the African student organization. She coordinated trips for the Student Volunteers Council to Louisiana, Alabama and Washington, D.C., to help with Hurricane Katrina relief. She also was music director of Culturally Yours, an all-female African-American a cappella group, and a member of the Chapel Choir.
- Senior Krista Brune, who led the Princeton Justice Project's prison reform group and won a ReachOut 56 Fellowship to spend the next year conducting research for a book on arts and education programs in prisons. Brune also has been an Outdoor Action leader, a writer for several campus publications and a translator and tutor for campus and community organizations.
- Senior Devan Darby, captain of varsity women's crew, who has worked with the health promotion and wellness service program in University Health Services for three years and is helping to develop an online tour of the McCosh Health Center.
- Senior Jaclyn Lasaracina, who served as vice president of Quadrangle Club and worked on community service initiatives through the Prospect Alliance for Community Action, including bringing homeless children to the eating clubs for dinner and social events.
- Senior Eric Leroux, goalie for the men's hockey team, who was awarded the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award for his efforts to promote health in developing countries. Leroux has worked as an HIV counselor and educator in Kenya and in a community malaria clinic in Ecuador, while also serving as the North American contact person for the Society for Orphans With AIDS Network.
- Senior Lide Paterno, who was co-chair of the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board for two years and has been involved with the Crossroads Christian Fellowship group.
- Junior Jonah Perlin, who has served as president of the Center for Jewish Life's student board and as a member of the Religious Life Council, the Princeton Justice Project and The Daily Princetonian editorial board. He also co-founded the Jadwin Jungle basketball booster group.
- Senior Dominique' Reese, who directed the Black Arts Company: Dance, coordinated the Black Student Union's leadership and mentoring program, and served as social chair for the Fields Center's governing board.
- Senior Claire Woo, former president of the Pride Alliance, who organized the University's first "Pride Month" and the first All-Ivy Drag Contest.