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Carleton Student Named to USA Today College Academic All-Star Team

March 5, 2008

Maria Prom ’08, a Carleton College psychology major, has been named to the prestigious USA Today College Academic All-Star team.

Prom was awarded a service internship by Carleton for an international development fellowship in the summer of 2006. She completed an eight-week experience at a primary school in Masaya, Nicaragua. Her experience was sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization. She taught English to 12 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes and created a catalogue system for the school’s textbooks and other resources.

During her time there, Prom realized that the school could realize significant savings by purchasing a computer and photocopier/printer, rather than outsourcing that work. Working through FSD, she was able to obtain grant money for a computer and printer/copier. She trained the school’s staff on its use and created templates and systems to aid the school with payroll, exams, contracts, records and inventory. When she returned home she initiated a fund-raising campaign that netted $300 in only three weeks to purchase dictionaries, atlases, and teacher manuals for the school.

In addition to winning the service internship, Prom was one of two Carleton students to earn the Technos International Fellowship in the summer of 2005. She participated in a two-week cultural exchange with Technos International College in Tokyo.

Prom is active as a community volunteer, assisting with Special Olympics the past three springs and giving her time to PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota in March 2006. She volunteered at the Cruz Blanca group home in Granada, Spain, in the fall of 2006 and was a psychology prefect last school year at Carleton. Her campus activities are numerous as well, as she’s active in Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) volunteer program, and is a Carleton psychology department student advisor. She’s also active in Carleton’s experimental theater board, serving in various capacities in five productions, and is a member of the College’s social dance club.

Prom is the third Carleton student to win the designation, as Sulani Perera ’06 was a second-team honoree in 2006 and Carl Tape ’01 a first-team winner in 2001. Prom, whose family resides in Rochester, Minn., attended Wabasha-Kellogg (Minn.) High School.