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Samuel Ready Scholarships, Inc. Press ReleaseApril 5, 2012
Samuel Ready Scholar Awarded
Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Baltimore, MD — Cinneah El-Amin, a Samuel Ready Scholar and senior at Friends School of Baltimore, has been awarded this year's Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The prize, including a $1,000 cash award and an invitation to the annual Princeton Prize Symposium on Race, is presented annually to U.S. high school students in 24 regional areas. In some instances, the regional prize is shared by two individual applicants or split between two or three group applicant winners; El-Amin is the sole recipient for the Baltimore-region.

Successful candidates for the Princeton Prize must demonstrate a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations by engaging in volunteer activities that have a significant, positive impact in their schools or communities. In a letter submitted to the Princeton Prize review board, Felicia Wilks, Friends School's Director of Diversity, praised El-Amin for her outstanding diversity leadership on campus. Noting El-Amin's role this year as the student body representative to the Board of Trustees' Diversity Committee, Wilks wrote, "Many students would be intimidated to participate in a board committee where they are the only students in the room. Cinneah, however, listens carefully and contributes perspectives that are otherwise absent in the discussion."

Last fall Friends chose El-Amin for the second consecutive year to serve as a facilitator at the National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference – something the School has never done in the past. "We made an exception to the rule for Cinneah because she is an extraordinary young leader and we see value in helping her to continue to grow her leadership in this area," Wilks noted.

Other diversity leadership activities at Friends School in which El-Amin has engaged include, during her junior year, a partnership program with a local public school, Freedom Academy, in which students from both schools met for several sessions to discuss race in Baltimore; and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools' Student Diversity Leadership Conference, in which she served as a student facilitator. Additionally, for the past two years El-Amin has co-headed both the Black Awareness Club and the Student Diversity Council. Most recently, she initiated a partnership with the Black Male Identity Project in which she invited students from a variety of backgrounds to engage in conversation and art-making around negative images of Black males in the media. She sought out a local artist and set up workshop sessions for any interested Friends Upper School students.

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