Yale Student Honored for Academic Improvement, Contributions

Nicholas Zamiska, a member of the Class of 2004, was presented the William H. McKim Prize during Senior Class Day exercises at Yale on March 23.

The McKim Prize is given to a graduating senior or seniors majoring in political science, economics, history or a related field, who has shown marked improvement in his or her academic standing in upperclass years and who has made a significant contribution in one or more activities outside the classroom. Harvey Goldblatt, chair of the Council of Masters Committee on Awards, master of Pierson College and professor and chair of the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, presented the award.

The citation for Zamiska follows:

“Nick has been deeply involved in journalism since his freshman year, first as a reporter and then as executive editor of the Yale Herald and as an intern with The Boston Globe and the Waterbury Republican-American. His passion for journalism, with its emphasis on promoting an exchange of ideas and viewpoints and attending to the needs of both local and global communities, has greatly helped to focus his academic work, as evidenced by his senior essay concerning the ethics and rationale for giving greater consideration to family members or members of one’s nation than to strangers or people living in other nations. Nick’s ‘bursting curiosity,’ ‘vibrant personality,’ ‘willingness to take intellectual risks,’ leadership abilities, and writing skills were evident both in the classroom and in his writing. Following his freshman year, his academic record has been nothing short of astounding as he pursued a double major in political science and philosophy.”

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