Shady Side Academy alumni and married couple Dr. Natalie Domeisen '11 and Dr. Adam Petraglia '11 are the co-recipients of the 2020 Paul R. Pigman '52 Prize.
The Pigman Prize is awarded annually to a young SSA alumnus/a whose activities in his/her daily life or profession exemplify strong character and good citizenship.
This award is typically presented in person during fall Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Homecoming 2020 has been postponed to fall 2021, so this year the 2020 award was presented virtually.
Domeisen and Petraglia attended Wake Forest Medical School and and the University of Virginia Medical School, respectively. They were married in April 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, in a three-person wedding ceremony instead of their large, previously planned June celebration so that they could complete their mandatory intern year in internal medicine at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Michigan. Both have been accepted into the competitive specialty of radiology and will be residents together at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina in 2021.
Their resumés are replete with public service and awards. Domeisen was selected by faculty and her peers to be a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the highest medical honorary that few receive, and was then selected President of her chapter. She is a co-creator of the Radiology Scholars Certificate Program at the Medical School and has received national recognition for it. Patraglia's resumé is equally replete with accomplishments, including mentoring through the Big Brother Big Sisters of America.
Watch a video of their award acceptance: