Senior Madison Green has been awarded a certificate of accomplishment from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR) of Northern New Jersey for her work improving race relations and equity at MKA. A member of the prize committee said in her letter to Madison, “Every member of the PPRR committee was bowled over by your efforts and the testimony of your faculty recommender, David Flocco. It is clear that your work has had a significant impact on MKA, and your contributions will continue to have a positive impact on students, teachers and administrators for years to come.”
Madison first approached the school's administration her junior year, helping to spearhead the creation of the school's Black Experience Task Force, where she helped revise school policies to better reflect the needs of students (and teachers) of color. For the next two years, Madison was responsible for school-wide presentations during Black History Month, which provided a forum for honest discussion, debate, and reflection on race matters. She also advocated for the creation of a new Civil Rights course at the school, which had its first cohort of students this year. "What elevates her work is partly the way she approaches such challenging, uncomfortable conversations with both tenacity and poise," Flocco says. “When she talks, people listen."
Unfortunately, the award ceremony had to be canceled due to concerns about COVID-19; however, PPRR shared the program created for the event which celebrated the students who were recognized. The MKA community also celebrates Madison and the work she has done to strengthen our community.