Students honored at Opening Exercises

The accomplishments of Princeton's students were celebrated with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes at Opening Exercises Sept. 7.

"Among the qualities that matter to us at Princeton, none is more important than intellectual engagement and academic achievement," said Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel. "It is especially fitting that we begin the academic year by honoring a select group of undergraduates for extraordinary accomplishment in their programs of study."

Dan-el Padilla Peralta of New York City received the Freshman First Honor Prize, awarded each year to a sophomore in recognition of exceptional achievement during the freshman year. Peralta is a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York.

This year's George Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize went to Mihai Manea, a graduate of Colegiul "Vasile Alecsandri" in Galati, Romania. The award is given to a member of the junior class in recognition of exceptional academic achievement during the sophomore year.

The George Wood Legacy Junior Prize is presented each year to a member of the senior class in recognition of exceptional academic achievement during the junior year. This year, the prize was shared by Tudor Dimofte and Ruth Tennen. Dimofte is a graduate of Fairview High School in Fairview Park, Ohio, and Tennen is a graduate of Canton High School in Collinsville, Conn.

The recipient of this year's Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award was Andri Botelho Kurs, a graduate of the Lycee Pasteur in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The award is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of the junior year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the University.

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