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07-05_tara_2Tara Venkatraman (Class I) will receive The Princeton Prize in Race Relations certificate of accomplishment at a ceremony on May 17 at the Massachusetts State House. This prize recognizes high school students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities. In her time at Milton, Tara has been the co-head of Common Ground—a multi-cultural, student-action organization—and was a key contributor to the annual Culturefest. She has also traveled to the Gulf Coast with Milton’s spring break community service trip to help rebuild areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Tara’s senior project involves a proposal to develop and lead a Student Social Justice Conference and Social Action Curriculum and Resource List, which Upper School Principal Rick Hardy describes as “a fitting legacy for her years at Milton.”

As Princeton University’s Web site states, The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was developed to “identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races. [It aims] to encourage others to join in these or similar efforts and to undertake initiatives of their own.” The awards ceremony will feature former Princeton University president and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, William G. Bowen, discussing “Race and Educational Attainment.”