Taishi Nakase, an operations research and financial engineering concentrator has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2021. Lucy Wang, a chemistry concentrator pursuing a certificate in Classics with a focus on Ancient Roman language and culture, was named salutatorian.
Wang’s studies at Princeton have been devoted to her dual interests in Chemistry and Classics. The Princeton salutatorian address is traditionally given in Latin.
“I am most impressed by the breadth of the Classics department’s curriculum as well as the dedication of its faculty,” she said. “My time here at Princeton has led me to read works from not just canonical authors like Caesar and Vergil, but also lesser studied (at least at the undergraduate level) texts ranging from the comedies of Plautus to the moral epistles of Seneca.
"The faculty are wonderful scholars who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring intellectual growth. I recall in the class ‘Invective, Slander, and Insult,"
Wang is a member of the Classics Club and co-founded the Princeton Certamen, a Latin quiz bowl for high school students. With support from the Department of Classics, the event has grown to include more than 500 students from across the United States.
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