Two OHS Students Honored for Improving Race Relations
Orange High School ninth grader Demi Zhang is the 2012 winner of the Cleveland area’s Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Another Orange student, sophomore Shivangi Bhatia, has also been recognized with a Certificate of Accomplishment. Zhang and Bhatia are two of only three students in the state of Ohio to be recognized by Princeton for their achievements in race relations.
The purpose of the prize is “to promote harmony, understanding, and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities.”
Zhang won the award based on her efforts to expose the community to Chinese culture through art and music. Her artwork has been entered in professional exhibitions and private collections. For more than four years, she has also performed the Gu-Zheng (ancient Chinese zither) in a professional Chinese music ensemble and has voluntarily performed in many community performances. Devoted to racial and cultural harmony through teaching others, Zhang also runs a Chinese club for neighborhood children.
Bhatia orchestrated and implemented a day of awareness to raise money for Darfur, selling t-shirts and educating Orange peers, teachers and school administrators about the situation in Darfur.
Winners of local contests held in more than 20 regions throughout the country each receive a cash award of $1,000. Zhang is the only student in Ohio to receive the top award and along with Bhatia will be recognized as exemplary high school students at a ceremony at the newly renovated Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The guest speaker is the Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr.. Chief Judge of the United States District Court in the Northern District of Ohio. Zhang has been asked to perform a piece on the Chinese zither as part of the ceremony.
Congratulations to these two extraordinary Orange High School students!