EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 22, 2013

Student honored for race relations work

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Trager’s research focuses on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was in Egypt during the January 2011 revolution and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic and the New Republic.

For more information, email HadassahMV@gmail.com. The RSVP date is April 14.

Breast-cancer group looks for salons to join fundraising

In honor of Mother’s Day 2013, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition will organize a statewide Cut-A-Thon event to benefit their work towards preventing breast cancer for future generations.

On the weekend of May 4 and 5, Massachusetts salons will devote one day to donate all proceeds from hair cuts to MBCC.

Salons will charge $15 per haircut and events will bring communities together in an effort to make a difference and change the legacy of breast cancer, according to a release from the coalition.

Salons wishing to hold a Cut-A-Thon to help end the breast cancer epidemic in honor of Mother’s Day should contact cosimo@mbcc.org or 508-246-3047. The deadline for salons interested in participating is April 1.

Andover Choral Society seeks new singers

The Andover Choral Society invites new members to join it for its final concert of the group’s 83rd season.

A gala performance of arias, choruses, and ensembles from favorite operas will be presented on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College. Professional Boston-area soloists will add to the festivities.

The rehearsals are Mondays at 7:20 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 25 Central St. in Andover. For more information call 603-893-5636. The Andover Choral Society is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.