AMS, LAO seniors win 2019 Spirit of Princeton Award

Written by
Claire Pinciaro, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students
April 30, 2019

Among the eight students named winners of the 2019 Spirit of Princeton Award are AMS senior G.J. Sevillano and AMS and LAO senior Samuel Vilchez Santiago.

The award honors Princeton University undergraduates for positive contributions to campus life, and recognizes those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts in student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.

G.J. Sevillano is a senior from Los Angeles, concentrating in politics with a certificate in American studies. He serves as an undergraduate committee member for both the Department of Politics and Program in American Studies. He has worked collaboratively with his peers through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Undergraduate Fellowship. He has served as the president and social chair person for the Princeton HighSteppers, a student-run co-ed step team. He has also previously served as the Crossings project leader for Community House, has participated in the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, and has worked at the Frist Campus Center welcome desk. He is a residential college adviser in Butler College, where he was awarded the Community Builder of the Year Award.

Samuel Vilchez Santiago is a senior from Orlando, Florida, majoring in politics and earning certificates in Latin American studies, Latino studies, American studies and Spanish. He has served as co-president and advocacy chair of Princeton Latinos y Amigos, national liaison for Princeton’s Quest Scholars Network Chapter, a U-councilor on the Undergraduate Student Government, and a member of the Princeton DREAM Team. Additionally, he has served as a member of the American Studies Student Advisory Board and the Faculty-Student Calendar Reform committee. He is a residential college adviser in Whitman College.

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