Eight seniors win 2024 Spirit of Princeton Award for service, contributions to campus life 

The 2024 Spirit of Princeton winners stand with President Christopher L. Eisgruber (center). The seniors are from left to right: Austen Mazenko, Madeleine LeBeau, Stephen Daniels, Archika Dogra, Hailey Mead, Max Diallo Jakobsen, Aisha Chebbi and Joshua Coan. 

Eight students have been named winners of the 2024 Spirit of Princeton Award, honoring Princeton University undergraduates for positive contributions to campus life. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts in student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts. 

The selection committee received over 180 letters of nomination on behalf of outstanding undergraduate students. The Spirit of Princeton Award is sponsored by the  Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and has been given annually since 1995. 

The recipients of the 2024 Spirit of Princeton award are: 

Aisha Chebbi, a senior from Miami, Florida, is majoring in anthropology and pursuing a certificate in global health and health policy. She is a residential college adviser in Yeh College, in addition to being a leader in the Muslim Students Association and the Arab Society. She served as the diversity, equity and inclusion chair of the Cap and Gown Club, the podcast chair of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, and as a fellow in the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding. She is a member of the 2024 Class Day committee.  

Joshua Coan, a senior from Penfield, New York, is concentrating in the School for Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in global health and health policy. He is a captain of the varsity men’s volleyball team, president of Cannon Dial Elm Club and vice president of the Inter-Club Council. His impact within athletics extends beyond his team in his role as vice president of the Athlete Ally organization, president of the Student Athlete Wellness Leaders and as a student athlete pre-health adviser. His contributions to the undergraduate experience include service on the steering committee of Male Allied Voices for a Respectful and Inclusive Community (MAVRIC) and service to Rockefeller College as a peer academic adviser. 

Stephen Daniels, a senior from Newtown, Pennsylvania, is majoring in economics. He served as president of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), leading the launch of the Pay with Points program to foster community connecting while expanding access to restaurants in town. He presided over the USG’s budget increase, with the aim of ensuring funds were utilized equitably and effectively. He has contributed meaningfully to the New College West community as a peer academic adviser and member of the college council. He is an Orange Key tour guide and is the former president of the Flag Football Club. 

Archika Dogra, a senior from Bellevue, Washington, is majoring computer science. During her time on campus, she served as president of the Entrepreneurship Club and president of Princeton South Asian Theatrics. She contributed meaningfully to the wider Princeton community through her mentorship with Academic Service Today, her involvement as a OneRespect interviewer and her service as an accessibility notetaker. She also served as the recruitment chair for the Orange Key tour guides and as a member of the Undergraduate Student Government movies committee. 

Max Diallo Jakobsen, a senior from Stockholm, Sweden and Conakry, Guinea, is concentrating in history and pursuing certificates in African American studies and visual arts. He is an intern and peer educator in the Gender + Sexuality Resource Center, in addition to being a leader in the Princeton African Students Association and the Dorobucci African Dance Company. He served as an orientation leader with the Dialogue and Difference in Action small group experience and is a member of Ivy Club. He is also involved in Songline Slam Poetry and Divest Princeton.  

Madeleine LeBeau, a senior from Chantilly, Virginia, is majoring in history and pursuing certificates in Judaic studies, vocal performance, music theater and theater. She has made an impact on Princeton’s Jewish community, serving as president and service leader of Kesher, the Reform Jewish student community, president and music director of the Koleinu a cappella group, and as executive board member of the Center for Jewish Life. She was also significantly involved in campus performing arts as a cast member, writer and vice president of the Triangle Club and a performer and managing board member with the Princeton University Players. She also served as chair of the student advisory board for the Lewis Center for the Arts and performance director and student conductor of the Princeton Playhouse Choir. She contributed to undergraduate life in Mathey College as a member of the college council and the Edwards Collective for the Arts and Humanities. 

Austen Mazenko, a senior from Greenwood Village, Colorado, is majoring in mathematics. He is an active member of Whitman College, serving the college community as a residential college adviser, a member of the college council and the head of Whitman intramural sports league. Beyond his involvement in Whitman, he actively contributed to the Math Club, the Association of Computing Machinery and Quiz Bowl. He held various positions in the Ultimate Frisbee Club, Princeton Students Against Gerrymandering and the Juggling Club. He was also director of the Princeton University Math Competition and vice president of the Acts of Kindness, which earned the organization the Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation in 2023. 

Hailey Mead, a senior from Orinda, California, is majoring in the School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in entrepreneurship and creative writing. She is a member of the openweight rowing team and was part of the varsity four boat that won a gold medal at the 2022 NCAA Championships and the 2022 Ivy League Championships. She founded Princeton Pictures, the University’s only student organization centered around film production, and co-founded and served as the executive director of the Princeton Film Festival. She is a guitarist for the Princeton University Rock Ensemble and her independent band Plum. In the summer of 2023, she was a technology policy fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP).