Alumni Awards

The Alumni Achievement Award is given to an alumna/us who has achieved excellence in his or her chosen field and who has made a commitment to helping others. The recipient is someone who inspires others by his or her achievement.

The John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award is given to an alumna/us whose service to the community and/or Princeton Day School reflect the highest ideals of the school. The recipient is someone who inspires others by his or her example of sensitivity or generosity.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award will honor an alumna/us who graduated within the past 15 years, who has made significant contributions to civic or professional organizations, whose life is characterized by creativity, curiosity and community service and who reflects the highest ideals of Princeton Day School.
 

2022 PDS Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Achievement Award: Kiki Wolfkill '87

Kiki Wolfkill

Throughout a 25-year career at Microsoft, Kiki Wolfkill’s seemingly disparate interests in art, Chinese history, broadcast journalism and sports car racing have merged to fuel her progress from video game developer to television producer. Today she is head of transmedia and entertainment for 343 Industries, a Microsoft game studio that manages its popular Halo franchise, and executive producer for the upcoming Halo television series. Wolfkill was named one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming" by Fortune magazine in 2013 and one of the year’s most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2017.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington, Wolfkill joined Encarta, Microsoft’s digital encyclopedia. She moved over to Microsoft Game Studios in 1998 as art lead on games such as Midtown Madness, and in 2008 joined 343 Industries as executive producer for Halo 4 before assuming her current responsibilities.

Wolfkill started driving at 13 in autocross before road racing in the early ’90s. She taught racing during college and in 1993 placed second in her rookie year in Sports Car Club of America Club Racing and won its Northwest Region ITS Championship in 1994. In 1996, she advanced to professional road racing competitions and has competed in the SCCA and Porsche Club Racing circles, the Women’s Global GT series and the Motorola Cup endurance series.

 

John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: Chandra Bhatnagar ’92

Chandra Bhatnagar Alumni Award Headshot

A deep-rooted commitment to civil and human rights has informed Chandra Bhatnagar’s life from his interests at PDS to the direction of his legal studies to his involvement in domestic and international advocacy efforts. It has guided his career choices and led to his current position at the University of California, Los Angeles as its first assistant vice chancellor for civil rights.

Bhatnagar received his B.A. from Vassar College, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his L.L.M. from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining UCLA, Bhatnagar served in the Obama administration as the Senior Legal Advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Previously, as a senior staff attorney in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program, he was co-counsel in a precedent-setting international labor trafficking case in which a federal jury awarded $14 million in damages to five Indian guest workers. For their involvement in the case, Bhatnagar and his co-counsel received the 2015 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Bhatnagar has also worked abroad. As a legal intern, he partnered with an Indian NGO as part of their campaign to combat child labor and bonded labor. For the last 20 years, he has served on the board of the African-American Policy Forum.

 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Nicole Auerbach ’07

Nicole Auerbach

Nicole Auerbach is an award-winning sports writer, television analyst and podcast host. She began reporting on college football and basketball for the University of Michigan’s student newspaper as an undergraduate and now covers those sports nationally as a senior writer for The Athletic, a popular subscription-based sports website. Previously, she spent six years as a national college reporter for USA TODAY Sports and headed its swimming coverage at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She has had bylines in the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and The Detroit Free Press and online at SI.com and ESPN.com.

In 2020, Auerbach was named the National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, making her the youngest in the organization’s 61-year history to receive that honor. Among her many other awards, one of her feature stories won first place in a 2018 contest sponsored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

During the football season, Auerbach appears weekly as a studio analyst for the Big Ten Network, one of very few women in such a role on any channel. In addition, she hosts a weekly podcast for The Athletic called “Power Auer” and cohosts one to two radio shows a week on SiriusXM. She has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN and the CBS Sports Network.

 

Athletic Hall of Fame: Keely Langdon ’07

Keely Langdon Alumni Award Headshot

Succeeding at the highest levels of high school and college sports takes mental discipline and emotional resilience as well as extraordinary physical ability. Keely Langdon exhibited all those qualities on the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams at PDS and then on the University of Pennsylvania’s Division I lacrosse team, a team ranked #1 in the country her freshman year and Ivy League champions for the four years she played there.

Langdon combined great speed and agility with a fierce determination and an intuitive sense of the game. As co-captain of the three sports she played at PDS, she set the tone with her positive attitude and strong work ethic. Her love of the game and sense of fun helped knit the team together and carried them to the finals of both the Mercer County and Prep A tournaments in her senior year. She was named to the US High School All-America First Team in lacrosse and was the Trentonian and Princeton Packet’s Player of the Year in 2007. In addition, she was selected to the Trentonian’s All-Decade Girls Lacrosse Team for 2000-2010.

Langdon holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and currently lives in Denver, CO where she is the Director of Commercial Marketing at Integrated DNA Technologies.

Past Alumni Award Recipients