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Scarsdale High School Honors Alumni At Ceremony

Scarsdale High School honors alumni at Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.
Scarsdale High School honors alumni at Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. Photo Credit: File

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale High School honored former graduates at its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16. Nine were recognized, and several of them were able to speak with students in their classrooms a day earlier.

Judy Cheng-Hopkins ('70') became a director at the World Food Program in 1997. In 2006, she was appointed as the assistant high commissioner for operations at the United Nations.

Howard Gertler ('92) is an Oscar-nominated producer. His documentary feature film "How to Survive a Plague" was nominated for an Oscar and won the Gotham Award for Best Documentary, and other prestigious awards.

Kimberly Harris ('88) was recently named executive vice president and general counsel for NBCUniversal. Prior to accepting this position, she served in the White House as deputy counsel and deputy assistant to President Obama from 2010-12. In this role, she worked on two State of the Union addresses.

Janet Karim ('72) is a diplomat for the Permanent Mission of Malawi to the United Nations. She acts as the Mission's representative to UNICEF and other UN executive boards. For twenty years, Karim was a journalist in Malawi and was the first female editor with her own publication in Africa.

Richard Kostelanetz ('58) is a writer, visual artist, critic, poet, composer, filmmaker, media artist, and lecturer. He is a Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, Pulitzer, and Guggenheim fellow.

Michael Madden ('90) works for the U.S. Treasury Department as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. He served in the U.S. Army and remains on Active Reserve, and he served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan.

Suzanne Nossel ('87) is the executive director of the PEN American Center. She also served as executive director of NosselAmnesty International USA, worked at the U.S. Department of State, and acted as chief operating officer for Human Rights Watch.

Cynthia Rosenzweig ('66) is a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a professor at Barnard College, and a Guggenheim recipient. She recently co-chaired the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

Daniel Schacter ('70) is a professor of psychology at Harvard University and a former chair of the Psychology Department. He is one of the world's leading experts on memory and has more 350 publications credited to his name.

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