Undergraduate Fellow Ben Press is Awarded Prestigious Pyne Prize

February 14, 2020

We at the James Madison Program are thrilled to announce that Ben Press, one of our many wonderful Undergraduate Fellows, has been awarded Princeton University's 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize. Established in 1921, the Pyne Prize is awarded to the senior "who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership." It is the highest distinction conferred by Princeton University upon undergraduate students. 

Press had the following to say: 

"I can’t begin to describe how honored I am by this recognition. The Pyne Prize, however, does not belong to me alone. It belongs to all those who have invested in me, who have seen fit to take time to guide me in being a better student, scholar, leader and citizen... I’m so thankful for the professors, administrators and staff who have shared insights with me, going above the call of duty to embolden my disparate academic interests and guide me through this spectacular University. Above all, I’m thankful for my friends and family, who have encouraged me at every step of the way — especially my mom, who, though she passed away in my junior year, never wavered in her belief in me.”

Full announcement from Princeton University: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/02/13/princeton-university-seniors-coley-press-win-pyne-prize

Pictured: Ben Press at Princeton University. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications.