'66 Service Project: Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Jim Parmentier sent this brief update on the 2012 Princeton Prize Symposium on Race that was held on campus over April 27 and 28. Jim is in the front right of the photo.

Here is a picture of this year’s winners. You’ll recognize Owen Mathieu standing in the back row, Brian Breuel is right behind Jim, and PPRR Founder Henry Von Kohorn is seated on the floor on the left. Merilyn Castillo, the Boston winner, is just behind Jim's right shoulder. Although Merilyn is headed to Harvard in the Fall, we’ve heard that Michael Wattendorf…the tall student standing in the middle of the back row, accepted his Princeton offer just after his symposium experience. 

To quote Henry, "In our own small way we may have had some impact on the decisions of both of these fine young people.  Princeton is lucky to have them”. The other half of the "both” to whom Henry refers is Emily Chang, the 2011 Boston winner. She won the Prize in her junior year and has applied for Princeton’s Bridge Year program so that she can continue her work in Peru next year before coming on campus in the Fall of 2013. Like Michael, she’s a superstar and was admitted to both Harvard and Stanford.

This photo shows Katherine Pantangco, the San Francisco Bay Area winner, with the PPRR committee. Katherine addressed an excellent thank you letter to the class (click here) and this article is from the Mountain View (CA) High School newspaper (click here).

Click here for a copy of the program for the Symposium on Race so you can read the bios of these highly-dedicated, hard-working young people . Like the annual winners before them, they have already formed a Facebook group and are sharing experiences, best-practices, and resources in a manner that was simply impossible to us 50 years ago, when we were seniors in high school.

All of us in ’66 can feel proud of our role in helping PPRR succeed. 

Click here to learn about the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.