2014 Spirit of Princeton Winners
Nine students have been named winners of the 2014 Spirit of Princeton Award, which honors undergraduates at Princeton University for their positive contributions to campus life. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts with student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.
This year's winners were selected from a group of more than 100 nominations and will be honored with a book prize at a dinner on May 7. The University's Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students sponsors the award, which has been given annually since 1995.
The 2014 winners are as follows:
- Benny Wagstaff '14 is a Wilson School concentrator from Washington, D.C. He has served as the social chair of the International Student Association at Princeton and the USG. He also plays polo, is a member of the chapel choir and started Coffee Chats, a program where a group of five random students come together to meet and discuss different topics.
- Ray Chao '15 Chao is a Wilson School concentrator from Arcadia, Calif. He has served as captain of the mock trial team, Director of Program for the Whig-Clio Society and treasurer of the Asian-American Students Association. He has also been a Breakout trip leader and coordinator through the Pace Center.
- Tiana Woolridge '15 is a Wilson School concentrator from Sherman Oaks, Calif. She is a member of the women’s varsity volleyball team, member of the Student Health Advisory Board, volleyball representative for the Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, vice president of the Minority Association of Premedical Students and founder and chair of the Student-Athlete Service Council. She was also selected as a student-athlete representative for the Athletic Director Search Advisory Committee.
- Sara Figel '14 is a Wilson School major from Manhattan Beach, Calif. She is an Orange Key tour guide, a student representative on the Committee on Discipline, a residential college advisor in Rockefeller College, treasurer of Cap & Gown Club, artistic director of Fuzzy Dice Improv comedy and a Writing Center fellow.
- Trap Yates '14 is a history major from Sutton, Mass. He has served as a coordinator and leader of Breakout trips, a member of the USG Social Committee and the USG Campus and Community Affairs committee chair, an RCA in Wilson and Director of Hotel, Director of Program, and Director of Supreme Court for Princeton Model Congress.
- Matthew Vengalil '14 is a psychology concentrator from Grosse Point Farms, Mich. He is currently secretary and board member of the Student Health Advisory Board, head of the South Asian 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.
- Jenesis Fonseca-Ledezma '14 is an English concentrator from Los Angeles, Calif., said she was “really grateful” to receive the award. She is the current president of Ellipses Slam poetry, helped relaunch the Tiger Tuesday admitted students program with the Assistant Director of Admission, 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 '14 is psychology major from Monroeville, Ohio. He is a member of Quipfire!, cofounded Princeton’s first and only late-night talk show All-Nighter, served as an RCA in Whitman, is co-chair of the Communications Committee of Whitman College, serves as a Writing Center fellow and is a senior cartoonist for the ‘Prince.’
- Estela Diaz '14 is a sociology concentrator from Baldwin Park, Calif., has worked at the Women’s Center since her freshman year, served as the co-president of Princeton Pride Alliance since her sophomore year, served as a LGBT peer educator, and has been a mentor for Latinos Unidos Networking and Advising and Student Volunteers Council One on One Mentoring.
A more detailed story can be found at The Daily Princetonian's website.