WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior Darlene Folas has been awarded the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations along with a select group of students from across the country. Folas was recognized for her volunteer activities to advance racial equity and understanding in her school and the West Orange community.

Darlene has served as one of the Student Liaisons for the West Orange Board of Education as is part of the WOHS Student Council, working on many initiatives that include suicide prevention and attendance at the Student Leadership Summit.

Folas was also a member of the WOHS girls tennis team, led a club called “WOKE” and served as president of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation Youth Advisory Board. Additionally, Folas has been part of the Junior Air Force ROTC since freshman year, currently leads the Advertisement Flight and previously held leadership roles in the Academic and Logistics Flights.

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"These positions showed me that I was capable of leadership roles like BOE Liaison and had a genuine passion for the community impact it made,” she said.

Although the all-expense-paid trip to the annual Symposium on Race at Princeton University was canceled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, Folas will receive a $1,000 award.

The senior aspires to work in the humanities field.

Read more about the Princeton Prize in Race Relations here.