Two outstanding students were honoured by the University of St Andrews this week when they were awarded the Principal’s Medal.
Lorcan Morgan and Aria Danesh were singled out for their ‘outstanding endeavour and achievement’ exhibited during their time as students of St Andrews.
Mathematics student Lorcan, who graduates this afternoon (Friday 22 June), was recognised for his ‘stellar’ academic record in his pursuit of a MMath fast track degree, as well as his gold and silver medal winning sporting achievements.
21 year old Lorcan, from North London, was singled out for demonstrating leadership and commitment in everything he sets his mind to. Having gained a placing on the coveted Dean’s list every year, Lorcan has also pursued a full athletic schedule in both swimming and water polo, twice being selected for the prestigious Celtic Nations team.
Outside of St Andrews, Lorcan volunteered to participate in the Chase Africa program, addressing health and environmental issues including HIV-AIDs, nutrition and the importance of education.
Aria Danesh, who graduated on Tuesday morning with a degree in Psychology, was singled out as an ‘exceptional student with an outstanding track record’, who has made a real difference to the lives and well-being of his fellow students.
A keen supporter of the University’s network for students SUPNET, Aria has dedicated much of his time to the group this year, offering practical and emotional guidance to students in need.
Outside of the University, Aria has offered encouragement and support to a local youngster as part of Families First. Further afield, he took part in More Than Pennies, serving food to homeless people in Philadelphia.
Aria was also a student ambassador, a ‘buddy’ and the lead student co-ordinating the University’s first student-led Mindfulness Group, with the aim of helping students learn how to deal effectively with problems.
Glasgow-born Aria (28) was also a successful campaigner for Mental Wealth, Eating Disorder Awareness and for Alastair Moffat’s rectorial campaign.