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Spirit of Maryland Royalty

Spirit of Maryland Royalty

The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented annually, in lieu of a traditional Homecoming King or Queen honoree, to two members of the senior class who through their achievements have most exemplified the "spirit" of the University of Maryland. Criteria for the award include outstanding scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, community service and communication skills. A committee of faculty and staff interviews students who advance to the final round of the application process. The award is presented during the Terps Tailgate Show.

Congratulations to this year's winners!


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Dan Alpert

Marketing

Dan Alpert, a Marketing major, is the Student Body President and previously served as the City Council Liaison among other roles in the Student Government Association. He has been the President of Terps for Israel, the Vice President of Administrative Affairs of the Interfraternity Council, and was recognized as Omicron Delta Kappa Sophomore of the Year in 2018.

Lauren Frost

Communications and Government and Politics

Lauren Frost, a Communications and Government and Politics double major, is President and Public Relations Chair of the Black Honors Caucus, and Vice President of Communications for The National Panhellenic Council. She was a Communications Intern for the Office of Senator Kamala D. Harris and a Congressional Intern for Lauren Underwood.

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To be eligible for the Spirit of Maryland Award, a student must:
  • Be recognized by the University as being of senior status
  • Have 90+ academic credits*
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

*Students who are expected to graduate by May of the following semester and do not have the 90-academic-credit senior status may still be eligible to apply.

Email questions to Joe Calizo at jcalizo@umd.edu.


Spirit of Maryland Nominees and Winners

  • 2020
  • Dan Alpert *
  • Emily Berry
  • Jackson Devadas
  • Lauren Frost *
  • Divya Kapoor
  • Julia Reicin
  • David Rekhtman
  • Philippos Sourvinos
  • Pauline Sow
  • Yesica Ventura
  • 2019
  • Vivian Alana Caesar
  • Logan Dechter
  • Jacqueline Deprey
  • Kristen Edwards *
  • Sasha Kahn
  • Mario Menendez
  • Nikhil Modi *
  • Sara Pohland
  • Christine Rhee
  • Doron Tadmor
  • 2018
  • Laila Abujuma *
  • Alexis Amos
  • Elizabeth Arentz
  • Katherine Bemb
  • Timothy Chen
  • Bryan Gallion
  • Stephanie George
  • Junellie Gonzalez Quiles
  • Kevin Li *
  • Stacey Mannuel
  • Jeffrey O’Neal
  • Humzah Yahya
  • 2017
  • Sofia Alsamadi
  • Nicholas Armah
  • Sadie Isakower
  • Jane Lyons*
  • A. J. Pruitt
  • Mitchell Rock
  • Chetachi Ukejianya*
  • Jacob Veitch
  • Samantha Waldenberg
  • Jessica Yau
  • 2016
  • Shabnam Ahmed
  • Adam Berger
  • Kevin Bock *
  • Lauryn Froneberger *
  • Nicolas Holocker
  • Christopher Ma
  • Bryan Pfeffer
  • Katherine Swanson
  • Tessa Trach
  • Kathy Zang
  • 2015
  • Liya Ai
  • Julio Ceron
  • Shannon Clash
  • Chris Frye
  • Malina Howard
  • Ankur Naik
  • Sarah Niezelski *
  • Allison Peters
  • Patrick Ronk
  • Iowis Zhu *
  • 2014
  • Raaheela Ahmed
  • Anthony Belton
  • Fang Cao *
  • Abisola Kusimo *
  • Amara Ndumele
  • Khalil Pettus
  • Michael Sikorski
  • Sree Sinha
  • Austin Trupp
  • Jazmyn White
  • 2013
  • Wendell Alston
  • Anne Collins
  • Jasmine Cruz
  • Gabrielle DeFranceschi
  • Stephanie Graf *
  • Omer Kaufman
  • Vaughn Midder *
  • Christopher Riley
  • Meenu Singh
  • Mohammad Zia
  • 2012
  • Sam Allen
  • Daniel Atlas
  • Starr Chen
  • Angelica Eng
  • Ashley Evangelista
  • Daniel Granot*
  • Sumanth Kuppali
  • Odunola Ojewumi
  • Katherine Rennenkampf *
  • Matthew Popkin
  • 2011
  • Manka Banda
  • Jaison Cooper
  • Lisa Davies *
  • Joshua Finifter
  • Melissa Nathanson
  • Maurice Nick
  • Robert Rosenthal *
  • Katelyn Weeks
  • Kaiyi Xie
  • Rosie Zhang

*denotes Spirit of Maryland award winners