McGeary, Nguyen Among Eight 2016 Spirit of Princeton Award Recipients
Seniors Ian McGeary (football) and Beverly Nguyen (women's swimming) were among the eight members of the Princeton University senior class to earn the 2016 Spirit of Princeton Award by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.
Per Monday's report in the Daily Princetonian:
The award recognizes a select group of undergraduate students who have made positive contributions to various facets of the University, including in the arts, community service, student organizations, residential living, religious life and athletic endeavors.
All undergraduate students were eligible for the Spirit of Princeton award and could have been nominated by faculty members, alumni, staff and fellow students in the Princeton community. The nominations were reviewed and final winners selected by a committee comprised of administrators and undergraduate students.
Kathleen Deignan, Dean of Undergraduate Students, explained that the purpose of the award was to identify students who have had “extraordinary commitment and selfless dedication” and who have “made substantial contributions to Princeton’s residential, social and extracurricular life.”
Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students Thomas Dunne, who coordinated the selection process, noted that there were over a hundred nominations for the award this year.
“The selection committee had a difficult time in making these selections, as we had quite a few very compelling nominations. We are immensely grateful for all the work student organization leaders make to daily life at Princeton,” he said.
Deignan noted that the the winners will be recognized at a dinner in May with University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83, Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun and the heads of all the Campus Life offices.
McGeary, a member of the defensive line rotation, recorded more than 40 tackles throughout his Princeton time, including a career-high five during Senior Day against Yale. He recorded sacks during the 2014 season against both Davidson and Penn, and the coaching staff was able to utilize his versatility by playing him both inside and outside on the line.
McGeary, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major, is the Executive Director of the Water & Beverage Student Agency, as well as the previous president of Cannon Dial Elm Club, where he was also the student manager for the fifth reunion in 2015.
"Ian completely embraced his entire Princeton experience and took a leadership role in so many areas," said Bob Surace, the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. '25 Head Coach of Football. "In addition to the countless hours he spent with us preparing to play football, running Cannon Club, and studying for his EEB courses, Ian was always a leader on our team representing Princeton in our community."
Nguyen was a tri-captain on the 2015-16 Princeton women's swimming and diving team, and she was a three-time championship finalist at the Ivy League Championships in February. In fact, the former All-Ivy League honoree reached 11 of a possible 12 individual championship finals throughout her career.
A molecular biology major, Nguyen had spent a summer in Kakamega, Kenya, working with an NGO to provide accessibility to higher standard healthcare for local residents.
"I'm so excited for Bev and so enormously proud of who she is and what she stands for," head coach Susan Teeter said. "I'm grateful for all she has given to both Princeton and our swimming program. She is the epitome of humility and of the complete Princeton student-athlete. I'm honored to have had the chance to coach her."