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The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards

Calvin Kim '22 & Taylor Young-Wells '22 - 2022 Student Recipients

Calvin Kim

Calvin Joshua Jinyoung Kim embodies the Sullivan Award ideals of heart, kindness and consideration for others. A double major in Sociology and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies, Calvin excels in scholarship and service with an energized spirit of positivity. 

A peer wrote that Calvin “does not just like his classes, he loves his field of study and throws his all into it.” Through his exceptional academic record and impassioned application, Calvin was chosen as a Freeman Fellow as a sophomore. This fellowship would have permitted Calvin to complete an internship in Asia, if COVID-19 had not made travel impossible. Undeterred, Calvin persisted in his applications and was offered an internship with the 1882 Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to broadening public awareness of the history and continuing significance of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. 

On campus, Calvin embodies the role of host, welcoming and guiding countless peers. As an Orientation Aide, an Orientation Area Director and a senior interviewer in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Calvin was the person many future and incoming students met at the university. 

After joining the Asian American Student Initiative in his sophomore year, Calvin served as secretary, co-director and alumni outreach chair. He worked to create a safe forum for APIA students to share their interests, connect with their identity and build a family away from home. A member of the all-gender service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Calvin volunteered on campus and in the surrounding community. 

A nominator wrote, “Not only is Calvin gracious in his work as a volunteer, but he applies these traits of heart and thoughtfulness into his everyday life. He has opened his home to those who needed it, and is always willing to talk if someone has asked for guidance. Calvin’s time and effort have made this school a home for so many in ways no one else in our graduating class could.” 

Taylor Young-Wells

Taylor Simone Young-Wells is recognized by her peers and professors for her grace, compassion and intellectual rigor. A sociology major passionate about understanding the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality and socioeconomics, Taylor graduates from William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts and will enter Fordham Law School in the fall. 

Taylor's career aspirations were sparked by her experiences working at her local Burger King. She became passionate about addressing the daily hardships her co-workers faced. She plans to become an immigration lawyer and advocate for undocumented and documented immigrants in the United States. 

As an intern with the York-James City-Williamsburg NAACP branch for two semesters, Taylor contributed fresh ideas to membership, scholarship and branding. In addition to fostering relationships with branch leaders, Taylor led the scholarship program. Her colleagues appreciated greatly how Taylor went above and beyond to ensure that all local schools, churches and community leaders received scholarship applications, helping to increase the pool of potential award recipients. 

Her peers recognize Taylor as an incredible friend, leader and scholar. As a resident assistant for three years, Taylor hosted three events per month to facilitate friendships amongst the freshmen under her guidance. 

Taylor exemplifies the Sullivan Award's spirit of love and helpfulness to others. As the president of the honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, Taylor led the chapter through complex challenges. She created fellowship and community to relieve the stress and isolation brought on by the pandemic. 

A peer wrote, “She reaches out to people just for the sake of checking up on them, which was really valuable during the pandemic. She has been a rock for her friends who have gone through mental health crises.” 

“Taylor Young-Wells is a shining star who has exhibited leadership, fellowship and scholarship during her four years at William & Mary,” wrote a nominator, “She has touched the lives of students, professors and staff.”