Outstanding undergraduates honored at Class Day

Photos: 2012 Yale College Student Award winners

Taylor Cramm — The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award for the top female athlete; and Brian O’Neill —The William Neely Mallory Award for the top male athlete.
Brett Smith — The Amanda Walton Award for an athlete who has shown courage and spirit, and The David Everett Chantler Award for a senior with outstanding character and high moral purpose.
LaTisha Jeanette Campbell and Eliot Kim — The Nakanishi Prize for leadership in enhancing race or ethnic relations.
Katherine Miller and Sam Vesuna — The Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize for commitment and capacity for public service.
Joan English Gass — The James Andrew Haas Prize for breadth of intellectual achievement and strength of character.
Naomi Meghan Woo and Emily Christine Cooley — The Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the performing and creative arts.
Joseph Keller Carlsmith — The Warren Memorial Scholarship Prize for the senior who ranks highest in the humanities.
Jordan Laris Cohen and Carmen Xiao Wei Lu — The Arthur Twining Hadley Prize for the senior who ranks highest in the social sciences.
Nimit Jain — The Russell Henry Chittenden Prize for the senior who ranks highest in mathematics or science.
Benjamin Y. Liu — The Alpheus Henry Snow Prize for the senior who has done the most to inspire the tradition of high scholarship among his or her classmates.
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The following prizes were awarded at the Yale College Class Day ceremony on Sunday, May 20, listed in the order they were awarded.


The NELLIE PRATT ELLIOT AWARD is given to a senior woman who, on the field of play and in her life at Yale, best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition.

Taylor Cramm

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The WILLIAM NEELY MALLORY AWARD is given to the senior man who, on the field of play and in his life at Yale, best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition.

Brian O’Neill

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The AMANDA WALTON AWARD is given to an outstanding athlete who has excelled on the field of play and who has shown spirit and courage in transcending unforeseen challenges.

Brett Smith

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The DAVID EVERETT CHANTLER AWARD is given to a senior who has best exemplified qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose.

Brett Smith

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The NAKANISHI PRIZE is awarded to two graduating seniors who, while maintaining high academic achievement, have provided exemplary leadership in enhancing race and/or ethnic relations at Yale College.

Eliot Kim

LaTisha Jeanette Campbell

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The ROOSEVELT L. THOMPSON PRIZE is awarded to members of the senior class for commitment to and capacity for public service.

Katherine Miller

Sam Vesuna

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The JAMES ANDREW HAAS PRIZE is awarded annually to “that member of the senior class in Yale College whose breadth of intellectual achievement, strength of character, and fundamental humanity shall be adjudged by the faculty to have provided leadership for his or her fellow students, inspiring in them a love of learning and concern for others.”

Joan English Gass

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The LOUIS SUDLER PRIZE is awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in the performing and creative arts.

Emily Christine Cooley (creative arts)

Naomi Meghan Woo (performing arts)

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The WARREN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE is awarded to the senior majoring in the humanities who ranks the highest in scholarship.

Joseph Keller Carlsmith

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The ARTHUR TWINING HADLEY PRIZE is awarded annually to the senior in Yale College in the social sciences who ranks the highest in scholarship.

Jordan Laris Cohen

Carmen Xiao Wei Lu

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The RUSSELL HENRY CHITTENDEN PRIZE is awarded annually to the senior in Yale College majoring in the natural sciences or mathematics who ranks the highest in scholarship.

Nimit Jain

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The ALPHEUS HENRY SNOW PRIZE is awarded to that senior who “through the combination of intellectual achievement, character and personality, shall be adjudged by the faculty to have done the most for Yale by inspiring in his or her classmates an admiration and love for the best traditions of high scholarship.”

Benjamin Y. Liu

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