The Student Council is pleased to announce the Prospect Sierra Alumni Action Award winners for 2013. As you may recall, this year we celebrate two alumni changemakers, one for high-school-aged alumni, and the other for an alum in college through age 30.

Miles Makdisi (Class of ’01) wins the grand prize for his work with Sports for Development in Colombia. Miles’ work aims to provide lessons in leadership, values, community action, and social justice, as well as improved opportunities for education and work, amongst youth displaced by violence.

The winners in our high school category are Elinor Lewis and Aden Copeland (Class of ’11) who created and built the Arts Benefitting Children (ABC) program which sends high school volunteers to teach dance and drama to elementary after school programs in underprivileged communities who may not otherwise be exposed to the performing arts at school.

And congratulations go out to all of our finalists:

  • Aaron Mandel (Class of ’96)
  • Perry Nalle (Class of ’12)
  • Kelly Richardson (Class of ’94)

Please join us in congratulating our winners and finalists, many (perhaps all!) of whom will be joining us at the award ceremony on Friday, January 11.

About the Award

The Prospect Sierra Alumni Action Award was established in 2008 with monies awarded from West Contra Costa County Integrated Waste Management from the school’s greening efforts. Students wished to use these funds to honor recent graduates who take action to make a difference in the world. Honorees have worked on projects as varied as building a brick oven in Africa to creating a campaign to reduce teen dating violence.