Students honored at Opening Exercises

The accomplishments of Princeton's students were celebrated with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes at Opening Exercises Sept. 5.

"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."

Lester Mackey of Wheatley Heights, N.Y., received the Freshman First Honor Prize, awarded each year to a sophomore in recognition of exceptional achievement during the freshman year. Mackey is a graduate of Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills, N.Y.

This year's George Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize went to Michael Broache of Owings Mills, Md., a graduate of the Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore. 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 Megan Cunningham and Jesse Levinson. Cunningham, who is from Gore, Va., is a graduate of James Wood High School in Winchester, Va., and Levinson is a graduate of the Crystal Springs Upland School in his hometown of Hillsborough, Calif.

This year's Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, 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, also was shared by Joshua Geltzer and Mihai Manea. Geltzer is a graduate of Hunter College High School in his hometown of New York City, and Manea is a graduate of Colegiul "Vasile Alecsandri" in his hometown of Galati, Romania.

The full story is available in a news release.

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