May 12, 2006
Providence, RI - Junior Sam Searle, a member of the Brown men's crew, has been selected for the 2006 Derek Canfield Barker Prize. The Barker Prize was established in 1994 through a gift from Richard C. Barker '57 and Abbie D. Paterson '57 in memory of their son. The purpose of the Prize is to recognize students at Brown who have shown qualities of leadership, who have triumphed over adversity, and who have worked to bring the Brown community together through community service.
Searle has been a fixture at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, teaching fifth grade science to its students, in particular electricity and magnetism. Searle is concentrating in Biochemistry at Brown, balancing his demanding academic schedule with athletics. He has been a member of the Bears' second varsity eight since his sophomore year in 2005 after competing in the freshman eight boat his first year. This season, he has helped lead the crew, ranked third in the latest EARC Poll, to a 3-2 record after an 0-2 start.
To qualify for the Barker Prize students must have participated in a sport at Brown, whether at the varsity or intramural level, have completed three years of study at Brown, and have demonstrated commitment to building community on campus and strong ties between campus and the larger community. In addition, candidates must also have demonstrated leadership and commitment to helping others.
This marks the second straight year a member of the Brown men's crew has received the Derek Canfield Barker Prize as Gideon Sorkin '06, who competed in 2004 and 2005, earned the award last year.
A commencement luncheon will be held at the Swearer Center for Public Service on the Brown campus on Saturday, May 27 from 11:30-1:00, when Searle will formally receive the award.