Newman Prize: Jack Dreesen '22

Jack Dreesen '22  Newman Prize Winner

During assembly on Wednesday, May 25, Jack Dreesen described visit to the FBI in Los Angeles as the Class of 2022 recipient of the Newman Prize.
Established in 1992 by Mark Vittert ’65, the award annually gives a member of the junior class the opportunity to meet with a famous American of choice. Its namesake is the late Eric Newman ’28, who was a student at JBS on opening day in 1923.

Jack Dreesen ’22 was selected by the Newman Prize committee last year and used this coveted opportunity to explore his dream career path: a Special Agent with the FBI. With help from FBI analyst Lauren Zuckerman Gomez ’04, and her husband, Special Agent Javier Gomez, Jack spent two days this spring at the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. 

His experience included a meeting with Kristi Koons Johnson, the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles office, briefings on Russian hackers, crisis response teams and the dark web, and a shooting simulation. During his presentation, Jack also enlisted a classmate to help him demonstrate several defensive tactics he learned during his visit.

“Through this experience, I’ve come to realize that this is definitely my path,” Jack told his fellow students.

The Class of 2023 recipient — Madeline Buchowski ’23 — was announced in assembly earlier this month. To be considered, juniors must submit a brief application listing the five living Americans they'd like to meet and are then interviewed by a small panel of alums, including Andy Newman '62 (Eric's son), Lisa Greenman Kraner '71 and Liberty Vittert '06 (Mark Vittert's daughter).

Madeline Buchowski's Choices

  • Yo-Yo Ma, cellist
  • AlishaMarie, YouTube influencer
  • Amanda Nguyen, social entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and the CEO and founder of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization
  • Gretchen Rubin, American author, blogger and motivational speaker
  • Taylor Swift, singer-songwriter