Past Spirit of Princeton Winners
Beverly Nguyen is a senior from Davis, California, majoring in Molecular Biology. She is currently a of the Princeton Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving team and is a rookie member and enthusiast of Princeton Clockwork (Women’s Ultimate Frisbee). She is also a Wilson RCA, a Peer Health Advisor (PHA), a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader (SAWL), and an undergraduate researcher in the Notterman Lab. Beverly is a member of Wilson College.
Ian J. McGeary is a senior from North Brunswick, New Jersey, majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is a defensive lineman on the Princeton Varsity Football Team, and is the president of Cannon Dial Elm Club. He is also the director of Teams & Toys service project and is the executive director of Princeton Water & Beverage Agency. During his time at Princeton, he was a crew manager for the 20th reunion in 2014 and a crew manager for the 5th reunion in 2015. Ian is a member of Mathey College.
Lawrence J. Liu is a senior from Plano, Texas, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. He is on the Coordinating Board and is a Trip Leader for Breakout Princeton. He is also a violinist in the Princeton University Orchestra, a member of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, a member of Manna Christian Fellowship, and an Undergraduate Associate for the Program in Law and Public Affairs. During his time here at Princeton, he was a volunteer tutor and was the former Head Student Coordinator of The Petey Greene Program, the former Co-President of the Taiwanese-American Students Association, and the former Community Service Co-Chair of Princeton Tower Club. Lawrence is a member of Rockefeller College.
Cameron K. Bell is a senior from Hampton, VA majoring in History. She is a 4-year member of the Black History Month Planning Committee, co-chair of the Senior Commencement Committee for Tiger Stay, and organizer of the Department of African American Studies Senior Colloquium. She is also a member of Princeton Faith in Action’s TruThursday Leadership Team; of Let’s Get Ready; Princeton Internships in Civic Service; the Black Leadership Coalition; Princeton University Gospel Ensemble; CPUC Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Pan-African Graduation Planning Committee. Cameron is a member of Mathey College.
Olivia J. Robbins is a senior from Wilmette, IL, majoring in English with a certificate in European Cultural Studies. She is a 2015-16 Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows fellow; teacher of philosophy, creative writing, and current affairs seminars at two nearby correctional facilities through the Prison Electives Project; former tutor for the Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program; former co-president of the Women’s Mentorship Program; former co-chair of the Pace Center for Civic Values; and a student worker in the Department of Religion. She was also an undergraduate representative for the Princeton University Committee on Women’s Leadership and co-director of this year’s production of The Vagina Monologues. Olivia is a member of Rockefeller College.
Naimah I. Hakim is a senior from White Plains, NY. She holds a number of roles in the Undergraduate Student Government including U-Council chair and USG Mental Health Initiative Board Co-chair. She is also a Carl A. Fields Center Head Fellow, president of Black Arts Company: Drama, member of the Black Justice League, vocalist in the Glee Club, member of Naacho Dance Company, baker in the Murray Dodge Cafe, Peer Academic Adviser for Wilson College, Arts Co-chair of the Wilson College Council, member of the Black Student Union, and member of 2D Vegetarian Co-op. Naimah is a member of Wilson College.
Jack Mazzulo is a senior from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Molecular Biology. He is an RCA for Butler College and is a 4-year volunteer for the Student Volunteer Council where he taught English for El Centro and volunteered in the Emergency Room at University Medical Center, Princeton. He is also a senior staff photographer for the Daily Princetonian, an Orange Key tour guide, stage manager and photographer for diSiac Dance Company, photographer for Black Arts Company: Dance, 3-ear USG Movies Committee Chair, Cultural Chair for the Cap and Gown Club, Frist Campus Center building supervisor, member of the Butler College Council, and a co-chair of the Senior Commencement Committee for Senior montage. He was also a Butler/Wilson DIning Hall student manager and a member of the Community Action support staff. Jack is a member of Butler College
Yonatan Benyamini is a senior from Hyde Park, NY, majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. He is an RCA for, a member of Princeton Bhangra and the Religious Life Council. He served on the Office of International Programs’ Student Advisory board and was an Undergraduate Student Government Senator for the 2014-15 academic year. Yonatan is a member of Rockefeller College.
Joanna Anyanwu is a senior from Frisco, Texas, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She also is earning certificates in African American studies and gender and sexuality studies. She is a member of the track and field team, an intern at the Women*s Center, a Tom A. and Andrea E. Bernstein '80 Scholar as part of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, an activist in the student organization the Black Justice League, a coordinator for the Community Action freshman orientation program and the former co-chair of Princeton Against Sex Trafficking. Anyanwu is a member of Rockefeller College.
Christina Chica is a senior from Los Angeles majoring in sociology. She is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) peer educator and has been an active member of the Princeton Dream Team throughout her four years on campus. She also teaches English as a second language at El Centro in Trenton, New Jersey. Previously, Chica was co-president of the Pride Alliance, worked at the Women*s Center, was co-director of advocacy for Students for Education Reform, worked at Murray Dodge Café, was part of the Princeton Equality Project and was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She is a member of Mathey College.
Azza Cohen is a junior from Highland Park, Illinois, majoring in history. Before her freshman year, she participated in the University's Bridge Year Program in India, where she volunteered for the organization Guria, which fights human trafficking through legal and educational intervention. On campus, she is a member of the Princeton Bhangra team, a leader and coordinator of Breakout Princeton, a worker at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and an opinion writer for the Daily Princetonian, the student newspaper. She recently launched a mentorship project within the history department and released a documentary, "Specks of Dust," about the Guria organization. Cohen is a member of Forbes College.
Brandon Holt is a senior from Old Hickory, Tennessee, majoring in history with a certificate in African American studies. He is an active member of Princeton Model Congress serving as the director of policy and director of program his freshman and junior year, respectively. Holt served as student president of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education program and as a member of the editorial board of the Daily Princetonian. He also was a member of the University's Priorities Committee and the Faculty-Student Committee on Sexual Misconduct. He is an activist in the Black Justice League, a support team member for the Outdoor Action freshman orientation program and a former member of the Princeton Mock Trial team. Holt is a member of Whitman College.
Joseph Laseter is a senior from Chicago majoring in psychology. He is a member of diSiac dance company, a senior photographer for the Daily Princetonian, a Frist Campus Center building supervisor and an Orange Key tour guide. During his time at the University, he also was co-coordinator of the Princeton chapter of Habitat for Humanity, president of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and the director of internal affairs for the Black Men Awareness Group. Laseter is a residential college adviser in Butler College.
Janie Lee is a senior from Walnut, California, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in African American studies. She is a GED tutor in the Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program, the co-creator of a poetry and public speaking course at a correctional facility, a member of the Community-Based Learning Initiative and a Mellon Research Associate for the Princeton University Art Museum. During her time at Princeton, Lee also was co-chair for the Pace Center's Council for Civic Values, the advocacy director and president of Students for Education Reform, and the community service co-chair of Cap and Gown Club. Lee is a member of Rockefeller College.
Paul Riley is a senior from Bensalem, Pennsylvania, majoring in politics. He is president of the student-led Hallelujah! worship community and has traveled with the Office of Religious Life to Ghana. He is a member of the Undergraduate Student Government, serving on the Projects Board and as a U-Councilor. During his time at Princeton, he has been a Community House mentor and tutor, a board member and co-president of the Black Men Awareness Group, and a Breakout Trip leader through the Pace Center. Riley is a residential college adviser in Butler College.
Hannah Rosenthal is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in politics with a certificate in African American studies. She is the founder and leader of Club Nom, an eating club/cross-eating option dialogue program. She is a fellow with Ask Big Questions, as well as the founder and leader of the Black Jewish Dialogue Initiative between the Center for Jewish Life and the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. She also is a Fields Center fellow, a student member of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations National Board, a French horn player in the Princeton University Wind Ensemble and the former director of external affairs for the Black Men's Awareness Group. Rosenthal is a residential college adviser in Wilson College.
Ray Chao is a junior from Arcadia, California, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a member of the American Whig Cliosophic Society, and has served as captain of the mock trial team and treasurer of the Asian American Students Association. He also has been a leader and coordinator of Breakout Princeton trips through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.
Estela Diaz is a senior sociology major from Baldwin Park, California. She has worked at the Women's Center since her freshman year, served as the co-president of Princeton Pride Alliance since her sophomore year and served as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) peer educator. She has been a mentor for Latinos Unidos Networking and Advising, as well as for the One on One Tutoring program.
Sara Figel is a senior from Manhattan Beach, California, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. She is an Orange Key tour guide, a student representative on the Committee on Discipline, a residential college adviser in Rockefeller College, treasurer of Cap and Gown Club, artistic director of Fuzzy Dice improv comedy troupe and a Writing Center fellow.
Jenesis Fonseca-Ledezma is a senior English major from Los Angeles. She is the president of Ellipses Slam poetry, co-founded CityStep Princeton, is a student coordinator with the One on One Tutoring program and is a mentor through the Princeton University Mentoring Program.
Adam Mastroianni is a senior psychology major from Monroeville, Ohio. He is a member of the comedy group Quipfire!, co-founded Princeton's first and only late-night talk show "All-Nighter," served as a residential college adviser in Whitman College, is co-chair of the communications committee for Whitman College, serves as a Writing Center fellow and is a senior cartoonist for the Daily Princetonian.
Matthew Vengalil is a senior psychology major from Grosse Point Farms, Michigan. He is the secretary of the Student Health Advisory Board, head of the South Asian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) activism group Queer Desi Tigers, and an LBGT peer educator. He has served as treasurer of Princeton Pride Alliance and was an editor and writer for Princeton Asia Review.
Benny Wagstaff is a senior from Washington, D.C., majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. He has served as the social chair of the International Student Association and the Undergraduate Student Government. He plays polo, is a member of the Chapel Choir and started Coffee Chats, a program where five random students come together as a group to meet and discuss different topics.
Tiana Woolridge is a junior from Sherman Oaks, California, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. She is a member of the varsity women's volleyball team and volleyball representative for the Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Woolridge is a member of the Student Health Advisory Board, vice president of the Minority Association of Premedical Students, and founder and chair of the Student-Athlete Service Council. She was selected as a student-athlete representative for the Athletic Director Search Advisory Committee.
Trap Yates is a senior from Sutton, Massachusetts, majoring in history. He has served as a coordinator and leader of Breakout Princeton trips, a residential college adviser in Wilson College and director of Supreme Court for Princeton Model Congress. He has been a member of the Undergraduate Student Government's social committee and chair of the campus and community affairs committee.
Rafael Abrahams, a senior from Woodmere, N.Y., is majoring in history with a certificate in theater. Throughout his time at Princeton, Abrahams has been a contributor and leader within the community of journalistic, comedic and theatrical writers. He has served as an editor-in-chief of the Nassau Weekly, a campus publication that publishes news, opinion pieces and original literature. He also has written for the Triangle Club as well as the newly launched, late-night campus show, All-Nighter with David Drew. For his senior thesis project in theater, Abrahams wrote an original play titled "Eight Feet," which was produced and performed in February. He also is an alternate residential college adviser in Butler College, a student tour guide at the Princeton University Art Museum and served as vice president of the Center for Jewish Life Student Board. Abrahams is a member of Yavneh, the Orthodox Jewish group on campus, and Terrace Club. Next year, he will join the Teach for America corps in New York.
Ariceli Ariel Alfaro is a senior psychology major from Burbank, Calif. Over her past four years she has occupied a variety of roles in service of Princeton's community. She was a co-manager at Murray-Dodge Café, providing both a friendly face and fresh cookies to her fellow students. She trained as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) peer educator, conducting panels for incoming freshmen and providing support and information about the LGBT community and the difficulties they face. Most often, Alfaro has been involved in a backstage capacity in a number of productions on campus. She has served as a lighting designer, master builder, stage manager, technical director, business manager and other roles for theater and dance groups. She has worked to enhance technical knowledge within performing arts groups. She also served as the facilities manager of Princeton's Performing Arts Council as a way to build a more vibrant performing arts community. She also has been a stage manager at Richardson Auditorium.
Farrah Bui, a junior from Fort Mill, S.C., is a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is pursuing a certificate in environmental studies, and global health and health policy. At Princeton, Bui co-founded and served as president for Princeton Quest Scholars (QSN), serves on the Community House Executive Board, served as a U-Councilor on the Undergraduate Student Government and is an intern for the Office of Religious Life. Through QSN and Community House, Bui has worked to bring to light the conversation about the achievement gap and minorities in higher education, specifically by organizing dinners with faculty and students who share their experiences. With Princeton Quest Scholars, she has conducted outreach to thousands of high school students interested in higher education. She also helped initiate the first QuestBridge College Prep conference at Princeton during the summer of 2012. A member of Cap and Gown, Bui also is on the Student Health Advisory Board, is a founding member of the Tobacco Policy Task Force, is a SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education) peer adviser, is a member of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Projects Board, and is a member of the USG Social Committee. Last summer, Bui interned in the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life. For the upcoming summer and semester, she will be studying the effect of nutritional status on the experiences of HIV/AIDs of children in Brazil and continuing to build awareness on campus about issues related to the achievement gap.
Russell Dinkins is a senior sociology major pursuing certificates in environmental studies and urban studies. A native of Philadelphia, Dinkins is a three-time NCAA All-American in track and has won four individual Ivy League titles. He also holds two individual Princeton records in track in addition to three Ivy League relay records. In March, he was part of the distance medley relay team that won the NCAA Championship. Dinkins has been a strong supporter and catalyst for the Athlete Ally project in an attempt to create a community of support for LGBT athletes. In addition to his success on the track, he has been a leader within a number of student arts organizations. Specifically, he served as the artistic director for the Princeton Highsteppers, a co-ed step team on campus. He has also danced with the diSiac Dance Company for four years and he has sung in Umqombothi, an African a cappella group. He is a Community Action leader, a dormitory assistant, and last summer, was a residential college adviser for the Freshman Scholars Institute. This summer, Dinkins will be working on an entrepreneurial project as part of the eLab program. He is also considering post-collegiate running.
Catherine Ettman is a senior from Miami Beach, Fla. She is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in African American studies and gender and sexuality studies. Throughout her four years, she has worked to promote the cause of leadership development on campus, specifically advocating for greater opportunities for female student leaders. During her freshman year, she was selected to serve on the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women's Leadership. She went on to co-found the Princeton Women's Mentorship Group, spearheading a growing movement on campus to support female students and their leadership aspirations. Within the Undergraduate Student Government, Ettman served as a senator from her class, and then as the vice president in 2011, where she participated in projects to propose academic policy changes and to create a USG website to give incoming freshmen tips about how to maximize their Princeton experience. She co-led a Breakout civic action trip to tutor underprivileged high school students in Brooklyn on the college admissions process, was a two-year member of Students for Education Reform, volunteered through Send Hunger Packing as a freshman and performed in three campus performances. She has served as a dormitory assistant for two years, and has served as the student chair for the Leadership Implementation Committee established by the vice president for campus life. She worked as a summer intern in the Office for the Vice President for Campus Life in 2011, and this past year, she was one of two students selected to serve on the University Presidential Search Committee. Next year, Ettman will serve as a Running Start Star Fellow, which will allow her to work in Washington, D.C., for a female member of Congress while also attending leadership workshops.
Daniel Gastfriend, a senior from Newton, Mass., is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, and pursuing a certificate in African studies. On a national level, he has been recognized with a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service, and at Princeton, he earned a Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. Throughout his four years at Princeton, Gastfriend has been a participant and leader in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, serving as co-chair of the Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV) for two years, where he oversaw recognition of new Pace student organizations and the peer advising program. Gastfriend co-founded the Princeton chapter of the philanthropy group Giving What We Can, and he served as the vice president of the Princeton Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. He has spent summers abroad in Malawi and Kenya conducting research and implementing initiatives through the William J. Clinton Foundation, PITCH_Africa, and the Zeitz Foundation. A classical and jazz pianist, Gastfriend has contributed to the arts at Princeton through his participation in campus theater productions and as a member of the Footnotes, an all-male a cappella group.
Jiun-Ruey Hu, a senior from Toronto, is a molecular biology major pursuing certificates in neuroscience and applications of computing. He has worked to engage and support underclassmen and his peers through a range of academic, service and mentorship initiatives. Addressing student needs for improving critical communication skills, Hu co-founded Speak with Style, a pioneering initiative that trains Princeton students in public speaking skills. While revitalizing a dormant Princeton Premedical Society during his term as co-president, he founded the Freshman Premed Mentorship Program and the professor-student dinner series, in addition to helping to set up the Premeds without Borders and Women in Medicine programs. A passionate musician, he co-founded Music in Mind and organized the interdisciplinary Art of Science lecture series, now in its second year. Through collaborations with community partners, he co-led a Breakout civic action trip to Boston for Princeton student volunteers to teach music to youth in prison and to study music as a medium for healing in hospitals, special-needs schools and community centers. In Mathey College, Hu supports underclassmen as a peer academic adviser and pre-health peer adviser, and co-organizes the East Asian affairs table and the premed table. He serves on the Molecular Biology Department Undergraduate Student Committee and promotes effective leadership practices through Leadership for Change. Besides having been a staff writer for Princeton American Foreign Policy and Princeton Asia Review, he also sang with VTone, played clarinet with the Princeton University Band, and breakdanced with Sympoh. He will begin medical school this fall.
Carmina Mancenon is a junior from Tokyo and Manila. She is majoring in operations research and financial engineering, and pursuing certificates in environmental studies, information technology and society, and engineering and management systems. She serves as the vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government, where she was previously the campus and community affairs chair. She pioneered new initiatives such as Princeton University's first Restaurant Week and TigerDeals, and helped organize Communiversity — a longtime town-and-gown celebration. She is the co-founder of the Sustainable Fashion Initiative, an organization that promotes a socially and environmentally responsible understanding of fashion on campus. Mancenon also serves on the Pace Council of Civic Values, where she twice coordinated the orientation event Reflections on Service. Additionally, she is a member of the Naacho Indian dance group, a dormitory assistant, a Keller Center for Entrepreneurship fellow, a member of Cap and Gown Club, is active in the Christian community on campus and sits as a student representative on the Fair Labor Association in Washington, D.C. She has participated in two Pace Center Breakout trips and was a participant of the Entrepreneurship Club's inaugural Silicon Valley TigerTrek trip. She spent the summer of 2011 in South Africa with the Jabulani Rural Health Foundation through the Princeton Environmental Institute. Last summer, she spent three months in India at Infosys Technologies through the Keller Center and conducted research with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in Washington, D.C. This summer, she will be the representing Japan in Russia for the G(irls)20 Summit, conducting thesis research with Endeavor Global in Turkey and Jordan, and working at Citigroup's municipal securities division in New York City.
Nathan Mathabane is a senior from Portland, Ore., majoring in geosciences and pursuing a certificate in environmental studies. He is a three-season varsity athlete in cross country and track and field who holds a Princeton record in the 4x800 meter relay. Mathabane also has contributed to recreational sports at Princeton through his work as a fitness supervisor as well as an intramural sports student supervisor. In addition to his involvement in athletics, he has worked at the Murray-Dodge Café, serving as the co-manager, and has served as a residential college adviser in Rockefeller College. He has been a member of the Alcohol Coalition Committee, specifically as a member of the Communications Work Group, which focused on branding the its mission to connect with and engage students. He also has been a regular columnist and an associate opinion editor for The Daily Princetonian student newspaper. After graduation, he will pursue an M.S. in geological sciences at the University of Oregon.
Lydia Arias , a senior from Atlanta, Georgia, is concentrating in Spanish and Portuguese Literature. Over the last four years, Lydia has been a member of the varsity track and field team, where she has been a successful competitor in the pole vault. She currently sits at 7th place on the team’s all-time performance list, and has been a two time Ivy League scorer. For the past two years, Lydia has been a Learning Consultant at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning where she played a pivotal role in the re-design of the center’s Learning Consultation program. Beyond re-designing that program, she also helped foster a greater partnership between the McGraw Center and the athletics department. Within Butler College, Lydia is a two-year Residential College Advisor and has served as a Peer Adviser. She has also been active in student organizations as a member of Aquinas Catholic Chaplaincy, Princeton Faith in Action, and the Cuban American Student Association. Upon graduation, Lydia will work at Bain Consulting in Atlanta.
Council for Civic Values where she has helped establish and improve a number of community service initiatives. During her tenure as the co-chair of the Pace Center for Civic Values, Shirley helped establish a monthly leadership workshop series, created the Pace Center Working group to research other universities’ civic engagement programs, and co-wrote the Pace Center leader guide. She has twice planned Reflections on Service, an annual orientation event that introduces incoming students to service opportunities, and she has been a participant, leader, and twice coordinator for Pace Center Breakout trips. In addition to her work with the Pace Center, Shirley has twice served as a co-chair for Communiversity, and she advises the Woodrow Wilson School as a member of the Student Advisory Committee and the Undergraduate Bernstein Gallery Committee, which reviews the exhibition schedule for arts shows in the lower floors of Robertson Hall. She was selected as a student representative to the University’s Priorities Committee this year. A former chair of the Mathey College Council, Shirley is a current team member of Leadership for Change, a writer for the University Press Club, an Outdoor Action leader, and a HEART (Health Education and Rescue Training) and CPR instructor. O ver the summer, she has participated in a Global Seminar to Ghana and England, served as a finance intern for the Center for Public Integrity, and traveled on a two-week trip to Cambodia through the Office of Religious Life (ORL). This summer she will serve as an intern for Wellbody in Sierra Leone through the International Internship Program and will travel to the former Yugoslavia with the ORL delegation to study conflict resolution and sustainable peacebuilding, an interest that was borne out of the Breakout trip she led to North Carolina on ‘conflict resolution and restorative justice.’
Doug Sprankling, a senior from Davis CA, is an English major with a certificate in English and American Literature. A gifted humor writer, he has used his talents to revitalize the Forbes College InnFormer newsletter and write the characteristic halftime shows of the PU Band. A dedicated member of the Forbes College Council, Sprankling has also served as an academic peer adviser and the Forbes Intramural Chair. In the Band he plays the trumpet and has held the esteemed position of Drum Major, organizing the bands shows and formations. In addition, Sprankling has taken part in Outdoor Action all four years, serving as a leader, first aid instructor and finally as one of the four trip coordinators his senior year, coordinating 93 different trips for 744 freshmen. He also leads outdoor tours as an Orange Key Tour Guide and has served as the group’s historian, writing the “Guide for Guides.” A member of the Princetoniana Committee, he organized the second annual freshman step sing held during orientation week which has become a great new Princeton tradition. He is now coordinating the over hundred-year old step sing event for the senior class.