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The 2016 Hill-Stephens Scholars are Jordan Alston-Harmon '17 of Adams House and Diondra Peck '17 of Winthrop House.

Jordan came to Harvard as a transfer student last year—an already impressive feat considering the less than 1% transfer acceptance rate—and hit the ground running. In his second semester at the College, the soon-to-be Government concentrator became the co-chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity group at the Institute of Politics (IOP), attracting students of color to participate in the IOP in numbers unseen elsewhere within that organization. This year, he also rose to the captainship of the Mock Trial "A Team" after enjoying victory as part of Harvard's first National Championship team last school year.

As a biomedical engineering concentrator, Diondra is a dedicated scientist with an expansive intellectual appetite. She has worked as a research assistant in local labs, developing computational tools and mathematical models to assist in the study of microbial systems and also contributing to efforts advancing the state of non-invasive surgical procedures. In doing so, she uncovered a passion for computer science that has led her down a challenging, yet stimulating path which she hopes will culminate in an MD/PhD. Despite juggling two term-time jobs, she still finds the time to mentor Boston youth via Science Club for Girls and to lead the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers.

We are thrilled to welcome these two bright, ambitious students into the family of Hill-Stephens Scholars. Please help us celebrate their accomplishments.

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