Outstanding students honored at Class Day

Thirteen graduating seniors were honored on Class Day with awards for their academic and athletic accomplishments and for their character. The honorees are listed below, in the order the prizes were given during the Class Day ceremony on May 21 on the Old Campus.


The top male and female athletes (from left) John Hayden, Katherine Miller, Frances Schmiede, and James Radon.

The Nellie Pratt Elliot and William Neely Mallory Awards

Awarded 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.

Frances Schmiede of Pierson College

Katherine Miller of Pierson College

Awarded 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.

John Hayden of Morse College

James Randon of Morse College


Alexandra Zina Barlowe and Abdul-Razak Mohammed Zachariah

The Nakanishi Prize

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.

Alexandra Zina Barlowe of Branford College

Abdul-Razak Mohammed Zachariah of Timothy Dwight College


JaVaughn Flowers

The James Andrew Haas Prize

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.”

JaVaughn Flowers of Pierson College


Christina Chi Zhang and Emily Marie Switzer

The Louis Sudler Prize

Awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in the performing and creative arts.

Emily Marie Switzer of Ezra Stiles College

Christina Chi Zhang of Saybrook College


Abigail Paula Elder

The Warren Memorial Scholarship Prize

Awarded to the senior majoring in the humanities who ranks the highest in scholarship.

Abigail Paula Elder of Calhoun College


Andrew Blake Brod

The Arthur Twining Hadley Prize

Awarded annually to the senior in Yale College in the social sciences who ranks the highest in scholarship.

Andrew Blake Brod of Berkeley College


Anna Elizabeth Russo

The Russell Chittenden Prize

Awarded annually to the senior in Yale College majoring in the natural sciences or mathematics who ranks the highest in scholarship.

Anna Elizabeth Russo of Berkeley College


Richard Thomas McCoy

The Alpheus Henry Snow Prize

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.”

Richard Thomas McCoy of Branford College

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