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

May 13, 2024
2024 Spirit of Princeton

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. 

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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, majoring in Anthropology, with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. She is a Residential College Adviser at Yeh College and was Co-President of the Muslim Students Association. She has also been a student leader of Princeton’s Arab Society, Partners in Health Engage, and served on the Freshman Class Council. Aisha served as the diversity, equity, and inclusion chair of the Cap and Gown Club, the podcast chair of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations Alumni Board, and as a fellow in the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding. She is a member of the 2024 Class Day committee.

Archika Dogra, a senior from Bellevue, Washington, concentrating in Computer Science. During her time on campus, she served as president of the Entrepreneurship Club and president of Princeton South Asian Theatrics. Archika 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.

Austen Mazenko, a senior from Greenwood Village, Colorado, 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 intramurals. Beyond his involvement in Whitman, Austen actively contributed to the Math Club, the Association of Computing Machinery, and Quiz Bowl. He held various positions in Club Ultimate Frisbee, Princeton Students Against Gerrymandering, and the Juggling Club. Nominators underscored Austen’s contributions and commitment to the Princeton University Math Competition as its director, and his contributions to the Acts of Kindness organization as its vice president, which earned the organization the Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation in 2023.

Hailey Mead, a senior from Orinda, California, majoring in the School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing. She is a member of the Varsity 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. Off the water, Hailey 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 tech policy fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP).

Joshua Coan, a senior from Penfield, New York, concentrating in the School for Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. He is a captain of varsity men’s volleyball, president of Cannon Dial Elm Club, and vice president of the Inter-Club Council. Josh’s 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.

Madeleine LeBeau, a senior from Chantilly, Virginia, majoring in History, with certificates in Judaic Studies, Vocal Performance, Music Theater, and Theater. She has made a profound 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 an Executive Board Member of the Center for Jewish Life. Madeleine was significantly involved in campus performing arts as a cast member, writer, and Vice President of the Triangle Club, a performer and Managing Board Member with the Princeton University Players, and the coordinator of an initiative to bring Alex Edelman to Princeton. 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 meaningfully to undergraduate life in Mathey College as a member of the college council and the Edwards Collective for the Arts and Humanities.

Max Diallo Jakobsen, a senior from Stockholm, Sweden and Conakry, Guinea, concentrating in History, with certificates in African Studies and Visual Arts. He is the former President of the Princeton African Students Association and a founding member of the Black Arts Collective. Max has served as an intern and peer educator in the Gender + Sexuality Resource Center, co-leader of the Pride Alliance, and orientation leader in the Dialogue and Difference in Action small group experience. He is an administrative assistant at the Princeton Institute for International Regional Studies and a member of the Ivy Club.

Stephen Daniels, a senior from Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, majoring in economics, and participating in the program in political economy. He served as president and U-Council Chair of the Undergraduate Student Government, leading the launch of the Pay with Points program to foster community connection while expanding access to restaurants in town. He also chaired the Mental Health Task Force which led to changes improving resource access on campus including the creation of a program providing Lyft vouchers to pay for transportation to off-campus care. Stephen presided over the USG’s budget increase, ensuring funds were utilized equitably and effectively. He also worked to bring a Wind Phone to campus, create the inaugural Community Care Day, and partnered with student groups to improve the religious experience on campus. He has contributed meaningfully to the New College West community as a Peer Academic Adviser and former co-chair of the college council. Stephen is an Orange Key tour guide, a member of Charter Club, and the former president of the Club Flag Football Team.