NSCD student Emmy Cho ’20 was awarded a 2019 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The Prize, founded in 2003, recognizes and rewards high school students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities.
Emmy was honored for her work in building a community for Asian American youth across the suburban North Shore, most notably her role in co-founding the Chicago North Shore Asian-American Youth Conference (AAYC). She co-founded the group in 2018 with her sister Isabella ’20, with support from Upper School Visual Arts teacher Laura Hsieh and Upper School English Teacher Christina Bail.
Their efforts have created a meaningful coalition of students from NSCDS, Glenbrook South High School and Niles North High School. The group has focused on building bridges across different Asian American identities and is planning on holding a symposium in the future. AAYC has also created space for Asian American teachers to discuss best practices for teaching Asian American students and how to make school a safe space to express themselves.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919. With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.