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05/25/94

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Reunion for Japanese American students wins award

STANFORD -- The organizers of a reunion for Japanese American Stanford University students who were held in internment camps during World War II have won a 1994 Saturn Award for community service.

The award was presented Wednesday, May 18, by Dean of Students Michael Jackson to students Wendy Hara, Kord Honda, Alisa Kamigaki and David Tanaka. Also on the team but not at the presentation were Rochelle Higa, Eiko Itoh and Ronald Nakao.

They were selected from 15 teams competing for the award. They received $1,000 and a plaque from the Saturn Corporation. They will now compete with student teams at 25 other colleges and universities for a national award of $5,000.

The students worked for six months to plan a series of five events in September and October 1993 honoring 33 alumni who were interned in camps during World War II. A film showing and panel discussion in Kimball Hall, and an informal brunch with students and the alumni were included in the activities.

Teams of three or more students submitted projects that were started or were active during the past 12 months. A campus committee then judged the applicants on four criteria: team initiative and enterprise, enhancement of the campus/community environment, achievement of goals through cooperative effort, and recognition of individual contribution to the group.

"We applaud all students for their hard work and for proving that teamwork can make a difference at Stanford," said Heather Bennett, a local representative of Saturn.

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