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Chron15: Welcome to this year's list of icons, leaders and pioneers

Welcome to this year's Chron15.

From the man on the sidelines of Cameron Indoor Stadium to student activists, The Chronicle’s list of icons, leaders and pioneers seeks to highlight the contributions of members of the Duke community who make us all proud to call ourselves Blue Devils. 

Chron15 hopes to celebrate those who make Duke the lively community that returned in full capacity this year. From The Chronicle office, we cover the important stories about Duke. Throughout our coverage, we seek to shed light on the intricacies of Duke and tell the stories of the people behind the University. 

Nominated by readers of The Chronicle and chosen by a special committee of staff, the members of this year’s Chron15 list are individuals and organizations that have committed countless hours to improve the University’s academic programs, succeed in athletic competitions and create spaces for all students to feel represented. They are people who have poured their hearts out during a close game, people who have advocated for a more diverse and representative Duke and people who make it their mission to make everyone they talk to feel loved and appreciated.

The members of this year’s Chron15 are what make Duke, Duke. But more importantly, they are the people who teach your 8:30, wave to you on the BC plaza or study next to you in Perkins. They are Blue Devils just like you and me, a reminder of the potential of a dedicated group or individual. 

As you read the profiles of these 15 remarkable people and organizations, I hope you will take the time to reflect on their contributions but also those of the many people and groups that did not make the list. The Chronicle can only name 15 winners, but our readers can thank countless more community members for all their contributions.

Kathryn Thomas chaired the 2021-22 Chron15 committee. She is a Trinity junior and the Vol. 118 news editor.


Kathryn Thomas | News Editor

Kathryn Thomas is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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