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March 22, 2013

Student honored for race relations work

LAWRENCE — Connie Truong of Lawrence, a senior at Pingree School in South Hamilton, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Princeton University Prize in Race Relations for the Boston Region.

To be eligible, a student must be in high school and have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last 12 months that has had a significant positive impact on race relations in his or her school or community.

In each of 24 national regions, there is only one prize awarded each year. Winners receive $1,000 and are invited to Princeton University to participate in the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race in April.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was created “to promote harmony, understanding, and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities. Through this effort, we hope to inspire others to join in these or similar efforts, and to undertake initiatives of their own.”

Truong has been a delegate from Pingree to the national Student Diversity Leadership Conference and active in the school’s Multicultural Committee.

She is currently helping to organize the third annual Asian American Footsteps Conference that is being hosted by Pingree School.

Egypt expert to speak on ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’

ANDOVER — Egypt expert and Next Generation Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Eric Trager will speak on the topic of “The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s Islamic Future” at the Merrimack Chapter of Hadassah’s Champagne fundraiser on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 63 River Bend Road.

Donations from the event will support on-going work of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. Hadassah was founded 101 years ago by Henrietta Szold and is now the largest women’s organization in the U.S., as well as being the largest Jewish membership organization. The organization raises money for programs in both the U.S. and in Israel.

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