Nine Atlanta-area students win recognition from Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2007
by Princeton University

ATLANTA – Alexandria Roman, a senior at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia, will be awarded the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for her efforts to improve race relations in her school and local community.

Roman will receive a $1,000 award, which will be presented by the Princeton Club of Georgia at a ceremony at the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is an awards program that recognizes high school students for outstanding work in their schools or communities that advances the cause of race relations. The program was launched in 2003 in the Washington, D.C., and Boston metropolitan areas and has expanded every year, now operating in 19 cities. Princeton University is the only American university whose alumni recognize high school students every year for their work to improve race relations in their schools and communities.

Roman will receive Atlanta's Princeton Prize in recognition of her ongoing work to improve race relations and racial awareness at her school, which is the largest independent day school in the country. Roman worked with school administrators during her sophomore and junior years to achieve appropriate recognition of Black History Month (now a tradition that continues yearly) and to offer other programming related to the experiences of minority students. In her senior year, she worked with school administrators to found an organization for all minority students at her school, the first of its kind and one that will serve students at her school long after her graduation. Thanks to her efforts, students at her school will attend a Student Diversity Retreat Conference. Roman is also credited by school administrators with helping to foster a greater understanding of diversity issues among faculty and administrators.

The Atlanta Committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations is also awarding Certificates of Accomplishment to the following students:

Chris Bellaire, a senior at The Westminster Schools, for his commitment to reaching out to the Hispanic community in Atlanta, especially Hispanic immigrants, his ongoing service to that community and his work to inform others about Hispanic language and culture. Bellaire also produced the first editions of a school newspaper entirely in Spanish.

Chris Collier, a junior at Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, for his work helping to found his school’s Social Diversity Club, his work with the Anti-Defamation League, his service to Habitat for Humanity and to Afghan refugees, and his work to share information about those refugees with other students.

Elliotte Creel, a student at The Lovett School, for her years of service as a volunteer teacher with Breakthrough Atlanta, an academic and leadership development program that matches high-school and college students as teachers with middle-school students from underserved public schools, most of whom are minority students, to help prepare the younger students for college.

Paul Farina, a student at The Lovett School, for his leadership role and years of volunteer work in Confronting Atlanta’s Poverty, a student-run school group that serves the needy and the homeless and works to raise awareness among students of the connections between poverty and race in Atlanta.

Whitney Hancock, a student at Lakeside High School, for her work with the Anti-Defamation League. This included her participation as a Georgia delegate for the ADL Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission and her leadership role in the citywide ADL Youth Leadership Conference to Stop Hate at the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, held on Martin Luther King Day for students throughout the metro Atlanta area, including her presentation on the genocide in Darfur.

Maxwell Hellman, a student at The Weber School in Atlanta, for his work with several organizations that work to improve race relations. Hellman is a longtime volunteer coach for Soccer in the Streets, which serves underprivileged neighborhoods and minority children through the sport of soccer. Hellman is also an active member of Peace by Piece, a school-based group which educates other students about the similarities and differences between the Catholic, Jewish and Islamic faiths in an effort to promote positive relationships and mutual understanding.

Brittani Litmon, a senior at Avondale High School, for her work as community leader and mentor to younger students and as a leader of her school's Week of Peace project, a series of activities designed by students to address divisions among students at their school and to include the wider community of administrators, parents and teachers in their efforts to unite students of different backgrounds.

Kelundra Smith, a student at South Gwinnett High School, for her work as a founder and leader of the South Gwinnett High School Student Leadership and Ethics Development Team, which was created to be a catalyst for promoting school unity and racial and ethnic awareness and to include representatives from all student groups and teams.