Yale Seniors Honored for Moral Character

Three Yale seniors, Joshua Reuben Eidelson, Ashley Marie Gorski and Nilakshi Gamwasam Parndigamage, were awarded the David Everett Chantler Award during Senior Class Day ceremonies on May 21.

The Chantler Award is given to a graduating senior or seniors “who best exemplify the qualities of courage, strength of character and high moral purpose.” Janet Henrich, chair of the Council of Masters Committee on Awards, master of Trumbull College and faculty member in the General and Internal Medicine and Ob/Gyn departments at Yale Medical School, presented the awards at the Sunday ceremony.

The award citations follow:

Joshua Reuben Eidelson, you have been the spokesperson for social causes and activism for the class of 2006. Whether writing an opinion column for the Yale Daily News or a one-line protest poster, you are a serious and thoughtful voice for the less privileged and those in need. We honor your courage, strength of character and high moral purpose in the pursuit of justice by the David Everett Chantler Award.

Ashley Marie Gorski, you have the mind of a scholar and the heart of an activist. A leader at the Yale Women’s Center, you have worked for the Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention group as well as traveled to Argentina to research issues of women’s health. You were appointed Phi Beta Kappa in your senior year and have explored the relation between fascism, literature and the visual arts in your History major. A product of Indiana, you represent the qualities of strength of character and high moral purpose that does honor to the legacy of the David Everett Chantler Award with which we are proud to present you today.

Nilakshi Gamwasam Parndigamage, you have dedicated yourself to international humanitarian issues and public service. Whether working with child abuse victims in Sri Lanka, leading campus-wide efforts to raise funds for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka or working at The Hague studying sexual violence during the war in the former Yugoslavia, you have worked to prevent violence and to promote peace with justice in all parts of the world. We are honored to present you the David Everett Chantler Award.

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