Class of 2017 Award Recipients


About the Award

The 'Class of' Awards are given to students and faculty that have significantly impacted the Cornell community. Class Councils recognizes those that are positive roles models to their peers, excel in their activities, and selflessly work to better the Cornell community.

Aleksej Aarsaether

Aleksej Aarsaether is a current sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations minoring in Business, Theatre, Inequality Studies, and Performing and Media Arts. He is an aspiring director whose most recent directing credit was this year's production of The Vagina Monologues, in which he utilized his personal aesthetic for hyper visual theatre to create a truly empowering show which raised over $11,000 for the Ithaca Advocacy Center to help survivors of sexual assault.

Ahmed M. Ahmed

Ahmed is a sophomore, biology major, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He believes it is important to pursue what you are passionate about because that is when you will put your best effort forward!

Jordan Berger

Jordan Berger is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She currently serves as the Parliamentarian of the Student Assembly and as the Chair of Cultural Programming for Cornell Hillel.

Grant Behnke

Grant Behnke is a sophomore in the School of Hotel Administration hailing from Cleveland, OH. He is honored and humbled to have been nominated by his class for this award, especially given how much talent is present within the Class of 2017 at Cornell University .

Christian Brickhouse

Christian is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Linguistics and Anthropology. He enjoys learning new things, especially things that can be used in his art and carpentry.

Kristen Green

Kristen Green is a current sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is involved in the Black Women's Support Network, Every1 Campaign, and the Society for Women in Business.

Keandra Howard

North Carolina native, Keandra is a current sophomore Communication major who enjoys encouraging fellow Cornell students to focus on their passions. Other than inspiring people to be active participants in organizations pertaining to their academic and social interests, her hobbies include community service, yoga, hiking, and trying new flavors of tea.

Chelsea Huss

Chelsea is on the Equestrian team, studying Applied Economics and Management. She is honored to be recognized at this ceremony, and she can't adequately express how much it means to her.

Andrew Kim

Andrew is an environmental engineer, and is very keen on campus sustainability efforts. He is also heavily involved with research on renewable energy systems and would like to attend grad school someday.

Catherine Liu

Catherine is a sophomore economics and comparative literature major with a law and society minor. She is involved with Smart Woman Securities, Queer and Asian, and the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review, Filthy Gorgeous Planning Committee, and the Varsity Rowing Team. Previously she worked at the Massachusetts Treasury Department, Standard and Poor's, and at an engineering firm. She will be working at a boutique investment bank and volunteering at a women's shelter this upcoming summer. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys weightlifting, kickboxing, practicing yoga, and watching cheesy movies.

Christopher-James Llego

Christopher-James is a Brooklyn-bred “prepster” who studies English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, orders pretentiously named cappuccinos at Stella’s Café on a near-nightly basis, and writes short stories about happy-go-lucky gay romances. When he’s not parading around Ho Plaza educating the masses on queer culture and human rights, he can be spotted at Libe Café avoiding his creative writing assignments and spreading joy in the form of free hugs and corny jokes.

Ujuonu Nwizu

Ujuonu Nwizu is a pre-med sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Africana Studies with a minor in Global Health. A resident advisor in Ujamaa Residential College, Uju spends her time outside her academics as an E-board member in the Women of Color Coalition as well as the Black Biomedical and Techinal Association.

Hadar Sachs

This year, Hadar’s major involvements have helped her delve more into the field of Urban Planning and learn more about Southeast Asia and specifically, Indonesian language. She has continued her work through Design Connect, managing urban planning and design projects throughout central NY. Hadar is working with a team of students in design, urban planning and real estate to create a Downtown Re-visioning Plan in collaboration with the Village of Lodi in Seneca County. She is involved in many organizations including: Hillel, Outdoor Odyssey, Org. of Urban and Regional Studies, Streets Alive! Ithaca, and the Public Service Center.

Adam Shelepak