Sydney Jordan wins 2019 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize
Posted on 02/19/2019
Sydney Jordan -Princeton University student wins top honorsPrinceton University senior Sydney Jordan, a 2015 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School (SJHS), has been named co-winner of the 2019 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize. The award, which recognizes excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership, is the highest general distinction conferred on a Princeton undergraduate.

Athlete, scholar and leader, Jordan was an accomplished student while at SJHS. She earned an International Baccalaureate (IB) Honors Certificate, was a National Achievement Scholarship awardee, a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, and a Virginia’s Girls’ State Representative. On the court, Jordan’s basketball prowess helped the Lady Raiders earn four conference championships, two regional titles and a state runner-up finish in 2014.

"Sydney is an amazing individual who exhibited the unique ability to excel in multiple arenas,” praised SJHS principal Richard Nichols. “She was a true scholar and intellectual, as well as being a leader and star player on the girls boutasketball team."

At Princeton, Jordan is concentrating in philosophy with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. She is currently working on her senior thesis which focuses on corporate social responsibility. As a member of the varsity women’s basketball team all four years at Princeton, she is committed to connecting athletics with service; she served as a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader, volunteered in Trenton at a YMCA sports clinic and is a mentor to incoming student athletes.

Jordan interned last summer at LIFT, a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington D.C., that empowers parents and caregivers to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. This experience confirmed for Jordan that she wants to pursue a career in public service.

“I hope to continue broadening access to resources —from food and shelter to financial and career opportunities — for the many communities across our country that are struggling to survive and thrive,” Jordan shared in a Princeton Office of Communications' announcement about the Pyne Award.

Jacquelyn Fox-Good, who taught Jordan her senior year at SJHS, describes her as “the best of the best” with an “indomitable work ethic, great emotional and physical strength, genuine concern for others and admirable character.” “That she has been awarded this prestigious prize seems entirely fitting,” added Fox-Good.

The Pyne Honor Prize was established in 1921. Previous recipients include former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer.

Sydney Jordan’s leadership, civic-mindedness, and academic excellence at SJHS and now at Princeton University are #PositivelyPWCS.