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Yale Students Honored for Public Service with the Thompson Prize


New Haven, Conn. — Ed McCarthy, Santiago Suarez, Richard Ludlow and Amanda Turner, four members of the Yale College Class of 2007 who have been remarkably active in the Yale and New Haven communities, were awarded the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize during Senior Class Day ceremonies on May 27.

The Thompson Prize is given to members of the senior class for commitment to and capacity for public service. Recipients are outstanding for dedication to public service — service to “the team, the college, the community,” as Thompson expressed it himself. Like Thompson, they exemplify great human warmth, commitment to fairness, compassion for all people and the promise of moral leadership in the public sphere. Jonathan Holloway, chair of the Council of Masters Committee on Awards, master of Calhoun College and professor of History, African American Studies and American Studies, presented the awards at the Sunday ceremony.

The award citations follow:

Ed McCarthy (Ezra Stiles College)

“Quiet and unassuming, it is hard to imagine that this excellent student is an intercollegiate football player of extraordinary talent, who has been highly recognized in his sport. College All-American, All-Ivy Rookie of the Year, he started every game during his career at Yale and was voted to the All-Ivy team throughout his career as he led his team to the top of the Ivy league this year. An example of the highest levels of integrity, sportsmanship and respect to his teammates and to opponents, he has led by example on the field and through his concern for his community and for others. Ed McCarthy is the winner of the Thompson Award for 2007.”

Santiago Suarez (Branford College)

“A native of Columbia, you will graduate tomorrow with a joint B.A./M.A. in Political Science. You responded to your new life at Yale by founding the Yale Economics Association, co-founding the Student Micro Finance Initiative and co-heading the Yale Tour Guides. Your optimism and natural gregariousness have made you a valued member of the Yale and the Branford [College] communities. We wish you all the best in your work at Mackenzie Consultants as a winner of the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize.”

Richard Ludlow (Silliman College)

“A double major in Economics and International Studies, a dual B.A./M.A. candidate, and a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, he makes it a regular habit to establish and sustain non-profit organizations that fill real and global human needs. He founded Students for Organ Donation, promoting organ donation awareness, which now has over 50 chapters on college campuses in North America; and serves as executive director for Orphans Against AIDS, which provides academic scholarships and support to children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, China and Thailand. He also founded the Yale Economic Review, which this fall will be sold in bookstores and newsstands nationwide alongside such established magazines as The Economist, The New Republic, and The Harvard Business Review.”

Amanda Turner (Trumbull College)

“As director and founder of the Student Voice Project, Our Education, a student-founded organization at Yale that promotes mass student participation in national public student reform and teacher training, Amanda has been described as “a beacon of progress in school reform and social change.” Amanda’s passion for public service focuses primarily on providing educational services to disadvantaged students and providing them with the tools necessary to reach their potential.”


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