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CHS Senior Toibat Ayankunbi Wins Princeton Prize for Race Relations

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Toibat Ayankunbi, CHS senior class president and a MAC Scholar squad leader, has won first place from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for Northern New Jersey.

According to Princeton.edu:

Twenty-eight high school students from around the United States have been named recipients of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The students were honored during the annual Princeton Prize Symposium on Race held on the Princeton University campus April 27-28.

The awards recognize young people who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations and who have worked to increase understanding and respect among all races.

The winners participated in a two-day program on campus that included presentations and a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the founding of the prize. The Princeton Prize carries cash awards up to $1,000 for students in grades 9-12 in 27 regions around the country.

New Jersey (Northern): Toibat Ayankunbi, a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, serves as class president and ambassador for the Minority Achievement Community at her school. She developed the Peer-to-Peer training program to prepare students of color for AP courses, and also created the Mini-MAC program to provide high school mentors to minority middle-schoolers. She also has worked with other students to hold workshops on bias at the school. Beyond her school, Ayankubi is a student leader with 9 Miles, a race relations program that partners with a temple in Milburn.

Find out about the other regional winners here.

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