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Dartmouth valedictorian hails from California

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/09/07 • (603) 646-3661

Following calculation of final four-year grade point averages for the Dartmouth Class of 2007 (see Class Notes), which will graduate Sunday, June 10, Nikolas Abraham Primack, from Claremont, Calif., has been named valedictorian. Over the course of his career as a Dartmouth undergraduate, he achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) on the Dartmouth grading scale.

Jeremy Marc Schneider, of Piedmont, Calif., is the salutatorian. Schneider earned a GPA of 3.99.

Primack will deliver the valedictory address during the College's commencement ceremonies, which will be held on the Dartmouth Green beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Biographical Backgrounds

Nikolas Abraham Primack, Valedictorian
Nikolas Abraham Primack
Nikolas Abraham Primack (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Primack majored in anthropology modified with religion and minored in film and television. Among his academic interests are the Hebrew Bible, cultural anthropology, archaeology and the history and theory of film. Primack served for three years as a tutor at the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWiT), including a stint as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Junior Staff. Primack also worked as Dartmouth Outing Club trip leader.

During his Dartmouth career, Primack earned numerous academic citations for outstanding scholarly work. He was a Rufus Choate Scholar, meaning his G.P.A. ranked in the top five percent of undergraduates for all four academic years. He received the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Prize for the highest G.P.A. in 2005, and was an early inductee into that organization, which is the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society. He received citations in religion, anthropology and theater and was awarded a Dartmouth Presidential Scholarship for Professor Kirk Endicott in anthropology during his junior year. Primack also coauthored two articles for publication with Susan Ackerman, the Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion.

Beyond Dartmouth, Primack has worked with the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles and for the law firm of O'Melveny & Meyers, LLP. He volunteered at the Haven Homework Club and spent a term studying in New Zealand. Primack enjoys travel, foreign cuisine and Los Angeles, especially the UCLA Bruins.

Jeremy Marc Schneider, Salutatorian
Jeremy Marc Schneider
Jeremy Marc Schneider (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Schneider majored in history and his academic interests include South Asian and British History and French literature. He is a member of the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and a performer with the Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra.

Schneider's academic career has been marked by numerous honors and awards. He was a Rufus Choate Scholar for all four academic years and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. In 2006, he was awarded the Charles Downer Hazen Fellowship, which goes to the junior with the highest grade point average in the history department. He was among the James B. Reynolds Scholarship winners of 2007 and received the Louis Morton Memorial Prize and the Hallock Honors Grant. Schneider was also the recipient of the Clarendon Award at Oxford University and was chosen as a Dartmouth Presidential Scholar for Professor Douglas Haynes in the history department.

Schneider took part in a foreign study program in London and during leave terms he has interned with International Asset Systems, The Bechtel Foundation and Bain & Company in San Francisco.

Schneider's personal interests include squash, tennis, violin, and travel.

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