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 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 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.
2019 PDS Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Achievement Award: Barbara A. Spalholz '74
During her 35-year career at the National Cancer Institute, Barbara Spalholz made significant contributions to our understanding of cancer. For the last 15 years, as Chief of the Cancer Cell Biology Branch of the Division of Cancer Biology, she was responsible for evaluating and managing a large national portfolio of research grants, determining new areas of study and advocating for their funding. NCI operates under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health which, in addition to honoring Dr. Spalholz with its Director’s Award in 2009 and 2012, has repeatedly recognized her leadership and administrative skills. Last year the Cancer Cachexia Society presented her with its first appreciation award for her vision and leadership in promoting the study of cancer cachexia, a syndrome that causes weight loss in a majority of cancer patients. Dr. Spalholz graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in biochemistry and received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1984 from the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She retired in January but continues at NCI on a part-time basis.
John D. Wallace '48 Alumni Service Award: John C. Wellemeyer '52
After retiring from a successful career as an oil analyst at Morgan Stanley, John Wellemeyer has funneled his considerable expertise, energy and enthusiasm into his volunteer efforts on behalf of Princeton Day School. He has cheerfully served as a PCD Class Secretary, Class Agent, Annual Fund Parent Captain, a member of the Annual Fund Leadership Gift Committee, and in several capacities on the Capital Campaign. Since 2012, he has been a member of the PDS Board of Trustees where he chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Audit, Capital Campaign, and Executive committees. The School’s new state-of-the-art classroom for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics was recently named the Wellemeyer STEAM Center in recognition of his support and deep belief in the importance of those disciplines. After graduating from PCD with academic and athletic honors, Mr. Wellemeyer went on to the Lawrenceville School and then Yale University from which he graduated with a B.E. in chemical engineering. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1963.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Vinay Trivedi '09
A profound interest in technology and innovation, coupled with an inherent desire to improve the lives of others, has led Vinay Trivedi to explore a wide range of experiences. In 2013, he graduated from Harvard University with honors and an A.B. in computer science. Since then, he has worked on the investment team at Romulus Capital and The Blackstone Group, volunteered at the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and spent a year in London with Citymapper, an urban mobility start-up. In addition, he is working to find innovative solutions to big city problems as an advisor to New York City’s Moonshot Challenges and San Francisco’s Startup in Residence program. While a PDS senior, Mr. Trivedi received the Alumni Service Award for his volunteer efforts, which included SeniorLink, a national program he founded that used student volunteers to teach senior citizens about computers and the Internet. He has written a book, How to Speak Tech, that deciphers the technical jargon of Internet start-ups for non-technical people. Mr. Trivedi is currently an MBA candidate at Stanford University.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: PDS 1998 Field Hockey Team
A combination of exceptional skill, camaraderie, trust and experience propelled the 1998 field hockey team through a remarkable undefeated season in which they captured both the Mercer County and Prep A State championships. The team won 16 games—13 of them shutouts—and tied three, outscoring their opponents 55-11. One of the School’s most successful teams, it will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday of Alumni Weekend.
Ashley Bostrom ’00
Lila Cruikshank ’00
Ellie Davis ’01
Christina Flores ’99
Amanda Helwig ’00
Ariana Jakub ’99
Abigail Kelton ’00
Sean Merriweather ’99
Emily O’Hara ’00
Kelsey Oliver ’01
Julie Perlin ’99
Page Schmucker ’00
Ann Schorling ’99
Margo Smith ’99
London Thomson-Thurm ’01
Candace Vahlsing ’99
Marissa Vahlsing ’01
Allison Welsh ’01
Lauren Welsh ’99
Joanna Woodruff ’99