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Luca Sax receives 2020 Troy Adam Ridenour Memorial Award

May 13, 2020

  • Luca Sax (he/him)

The recipient of the Troy Adam Ridenour Memorial Award for 2020 is Luca Sax. Luca’s home is in Germany, and after completing high school at a United World College (UWC) in Freiberg, Germany he came to Lewis & Clark. Luca has been involved involved across the campus in a wide variety of co-curricular activities, serving as a peer-educator in IME, and a student leader in the Queer Student Union (QSU) and the Gender Minorities STEM group. Luca has also helped to establish and administer ASLC’s emergency fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and International Affairs double major, Luca is a recipient of the Kopp Award, given to two first-year students each year for excellence in their second-semester E&D research project. He has also worked in Professor Greg Hermann’s biology lab to investigate cell polarity in different developmental stages. With these two research projects, Luca’s hope was to raise awareness and demonstrate the “positive role scientific research can play in society.”

Luca’s nominator for the Troy Ridenour Memorial Award described him as “one of my favorite people in the class of 2022,” and a “high energy, high positivity student who seems to be involved in everything on campus!” During the selection process and Zoom interview, the committee was impressed with Luca’s deep joy and satisfaction in being with people, the fact that he is a first-generation college student, his appreciation of chemistry puns, and his calm perseverance when facing adversity.

The Troy Adam Ridenour Memorial Award is awarded every year to a Lewis & Clark sophomore who plans to continue their studies at Lewis & Clark. Troy Ridenour tragically died of leukemia in the fall of 1987 while he was a student here. Troy was beloved by students, staff and faculty, and he was known for his keen intellect, warm and caring personality, and his wonderful smile. The Troy Ridenour Award was established and endowed by his family and friends in order to pay tribute to Troy and to recognize an outstanding sophomore student who exhibits a friendly personality, strong leadership capabilities, academic accomplishment and potential, has a good sense of humor, and who connects easily with others and participates widely in campus activities.

For more information about the Troy Adam Ridenour Memorial Award, please contact Dean of Spiritual Life Mark Duntley.

Congratulations Luca!

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