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Students honored at 2017 Leadership and Excellence Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On April 17, students were honored for their leadership and involvement on campus at the 2017 Leadership and Excellence Awards Ceremony in Alfred Lerner Hall's Roone Arledge Auditorium.

The annual awards recognize the significant contributions of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students to the Columbia community. Awards presented included the King's Crown Leadership Excellence Awards were presented to individuals in eight categories: civic responsibility, innovation and enhancement, inclusion and advocacy, Columbia spirit, health and wellness, community building, indelible mark, and principled action. Up to 10 individuals may be recognized within each category. In addition, Senior Marshals were recognized.

The 2017 Columbia College honorees are:

King's Crown Leadership Excellence Awards

Civic Responsibility

Honorees in this category best promote civic engagement, responsible citizenship, and global citizenship. This includes both on-campus and off-campus activities, initiatives, and service.

Elsa Matossian Hoover CC’17
Kunal Kanodia CC’17
María Grace Clare Bernadette Escolástica Muratalla Maes CC’18
Sean Francis Ryan CC’17

Innovation and Enhancement

Honorees in this category have created, improved, or enhanced a service, program, or process, thus contributing positively to the Columbia campus and its diverse stakeholders.

Sheryl Ann Crespo CC’17
James Gong CC’19
Elif Memet CC’19

Inclusion and Advocacy

This award recognizes students who have promoted social justice and/or fostered understanding between diverse constituencies through valuing diversity and appreciating multiple identities.

Alfredo Dominguez CC’19
Bianca Marie Guerrero CC’17
Janine Ko CC’18
Karen Lopez CC’18
Brennon Keen Mendez CC’17
Sahil Rai CC’19
Jack Ruiz CC’19
David Sierra CC’18
Gurnoor Tucker CC’18

Columbia Spirit

Recipients of this award capture and display the best of Columbia spirit. This includes the essence of school spirit and pride as a dedicated member of our community as well as leaders and groups that contribute to local, regional, and national recognition for sports, performance, cultural and arts activities, and academic competition.

Jacob Abaraoha CC’20
John Paul Baisley CC’17
Jeremy Preston Cooper CC’17
Madison Rush Jones CC’17
Benjamin Landis CC’18
Shreyas Manohar CC’18
Julia Meghan Davis-Porada CC’17
Alexander Akira Tin CC’17

Health and Wellness

Recipients of this award best exemplify the spirit of caring for and about the members of our vast and diverse community. A special focus is placed on the individual’s ability to establish an example for a healthy balance of responsibilities, duties, and activities through their own leadership.

Jasline Garcia CC’17
Sophie Elizabeth Gorham CC’17
Sydney Park CC’18
Cristina Pelin CC’17
Abigail Mary Porter CC’17
Jessica Dawn Swanson CC’17

Community Building

Recipients of this award have worked to create, establish or strengthen a particular community at Columbia University. This could be accomplished through, but not limited to, relationship building, programming, shared goals or purpose, or creating a vision for the future.

Dylan Cooper CC’18
Sally Morgan Lindsay CC’17
Kayla Elizabeth Neville CC’17
Caleb Alan Oldham CC’17
Brian Sarfo CC’17
Amari R. Tankard CC’17
Nicholas Wolferman CC’17

Indelible Mark

This award recognizes the accomplishments of students and groups in implementing sustainable change for the benefit of our community and/or in leaving a lasting impression on the campus community.

Mark Stevenson Brathwaite CC’17
Jordan Berkeley Brewington CC’17
Miles Parsons Hilton CC’17
Colin Howard CC’17
Breanna Renee Leslie-Skye CC’17
Karim Nader CC’17

Principled Action

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated ethical decision-making and sound moral judgment, as well as fostering and encouraging similar actions from others.

Teo Armus-Laski CC’18
Corrine Angela Civil CC’19
Jordana Sophie Narin CC’17
Jin Peng CC’18
Sara Sakowitz CC’18
Anuj Sharma CC’17
Huhe Yan CC’19

Additional and Named Awards

Van Am Prize

Awarded to select members of the Columbia College sophomore class who are most distinguished for public service, ethical decision making, and/or actively building positive relationships within the Columbia community. A cash award is presented to the student activity of each winner’s choice. Established by the Class of 1898 on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary.

Corrine Angela Civil CC’19
Jack Ruiz CC’19
Huhe Yan CC’19

Charles H. Bjorkwall Prize

This prize is awarded annually to a member of the Columbia College graduating class for unselfish service to the College community. The prize was established by Ottle Emma Bjorkwall in memory of her brother,
Dr. Charles H. Bjorkwall.

Colin Howard CC’17

Edward S. Brainard Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded to the member of the Columbia College graduating class who is judged by classmates to be most worthy of distinction for qualities of mind and character.

Karim Nader CC’17

Campbell Award

This award, named for Bill Campbell ’62, who was Chair Emeritus of the University’s Board of Trustees, celebrates a student leader at each school who exemplifies exceptional leadership and builds Columbia spirit.

Sean Francis Ryan CC’17

Stanley I. Fishel / Zeta Beta Tau Prize

This award is presented to a Columbia College fraternity member who has demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and participation in athletics or other campus activities.

Jordan Berkeley Brewington CC’17

Richard H. Fox Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded to a Columbia College senior who has shown for the College the greatest interest and helpfulness. The student must have participated in some nonathletic activities and must be one who combines intelligence with a kindly interest in his or her fellows.

Breanna Renee Leslie-Skye CC’17

Robert Shellow Gerdy Prize

This prize is awarded to a Columbia College senior who, throughout his or her undergraduate years, has made a significant contribution as a member of the staff on one or more College student publications, especially Jester, Columbia Review, and Spectator.

Caleb Alan Oldham CC’17

Robert Harron Award

Awarded to a member of the junior class who has demonstrated qualities of compassion, generosity and dignity while serving to celebrate and enhance life at Columbia. Established by his friends in memory of Robert Harron, who, in the course of his 30 years of service at Columbia, served as assistant to the President and director of University Public Relations.

David Sierra CC’18

Milch Prize

Awarded annually to the member of the Columbia College junior class who, in demonstrating ethical and principled leadership in co-curricular as well as scholastic activities, has done the most to enhance the reputation and prominence of Columbia College. The prize was established by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Milch.

Dylan Cooper CC’18

Leonard A. Pullman Memorial Prize

Awarded to a Columbia College senior who displays those qualities of outstanding scholarship and significant service to the College exemplified in the life of Leonard Pullman, Class of 1962. The recipient must occupy a position of responsibility in a non-athletic Columbia College activity.

Jordana Sophie Narin CC’17

Scholar Athlete Award

This award is presented by the Offices of the Deans for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering to a graduating student who has distinguished himself or herself as a varsity athlete and scholar.

John Paul Baisley CC’17

Senior Marshals

Senior Marshals are outstanding students who have a record of contributing to their class, their school and/or their community and represent what it means to be a Columbian. Senior Marshals lead their class into Class Day ceremonies and are distinguished by a gold aiguillette that adorns their robe. Senior Marshal honorees have been nominated to represent their class by a member of the Columbia University community.

Class of 2017 Columbia College Senior Marshals

Andrea Y. Arellano
Mark Stevenson Brathwaite
Louisa Carpenter-Winch
Julia Meghan Davis-Porada
Jake Drobner
Wina Huang
Madison Rush Jones
Kunal Kanodia
Derek Zheng Li
Brennon Keen Mendez
Karim Nader
Jordana Sophie Narin (Lead Marshal)
Caleb Alan Oldham
Christina Gia Park
Jesus Cristopher Reyes Rodriguez
Sean Francis Ryan
Jessica Dawn Swanson
Alexander Akira Tin
Nicholas Wolferman

Click here to see a full list of honorees.

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