Three high school students win Princeton Prize in Race Relations

April 20, 2004 11:29 a.m.

The first winners of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, a pilot program launched in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., and Boston, have been selected.

Jacqueline Akyea, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, and Zainep Mahmoud, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Senior High School in Washington, D.C., will share first-place honors and each will receive $500 at a ceremony hosted by alumni on Capitol Hill. Shan Shan Nie of Boston, a senior at Cohasset High School, will be presented with the $1,000 first-place award by the Alumni Association of New England. In addition, nine other Washington, D.C., students and 15 Boston area students will receive certificates of accomplishment for their projects and work.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is an awards program that recognizes high school students who are performing outstanding work in their schools or communities to advance the cause of race relations. The program was launched in 2003 with pilot projects in the Washington, D.C., and Boston metropolitan areas. Next year, it also will be offered in Atlanta, Houston and St. Louis with the ultimate goal of expanding the program nationwide.

More details are available in a news release .

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