High school students from the region honored with Yale-Seton Book Award

Group photo of the Yale Book Award winners.

The Yale Club of New Haven honored 47 high school seniors from the greater New Haven area at its annual Yale-Seton Book Award event, held in Davenport College on Oct. 4.

The students were selected by their schools in recognition of their “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.”

Each fall the Yale Club of New Haven invites Yale Book Award winners, their families, and their school guidance counselors to campus for an awards ceremony. The students and their guests also enjoy breakfast and lunch in Davenport College, a panel discussion and conversation with current Yale students from the area, and tours of Yale.

This year’s student panelists were Joseph Bosco ’20, Jennifer Gonzalez ’18, Jordan Lampo ’20, and Kevin Sullivan ’18, joined by first-year counselor Michael Johnson ’18. (Johnson is from the Atlanta area). Guidance counselors had the opportunity to meet with Patricia Wei from the Yale Admissions Office.

Yale’s first lady Marta Moret was on hand to congratulate the winners and their families and to help distribute the awards. Handsome Dan made a surprise appearance just in time to pose for a group photo in the Davenport College courtyard.

Each student was awarded two books, chosen by the student — one as a keepsake and one to present to their school library. The award program is endowed by the late Fenmore Seton ’39 and his wife Phyllis. The day was made possible by the efforts of a core of Yale Club of New Haven volunteers and Yale Club administrator Theresa Mester, with support from Yale’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs and the Yale Admissions Office.

The 2017 Yale-Seton Book Award winners and their schools are: Lily Wald of the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy/Lauralton Hall; Onora Best of Amistad High School; Hannah Rappaport of Amity Regional High School; Victoria LaRovera of Ansonia High School;  Caroline Erickson  of Branford High School: Margaret Guarino-Trier of Cheshire Academy; Nicholas Buchmeier of Cheshire High School; Derek Labasi of Coginchaug Regional High School; Em Perry of Common Ground High School; Molly McGovern of Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School; Jacob Spell of Dr. Cortlandt V. R. Creed Health & Sports Sciences High School; Fiona Wu of Daniel Hand High School; Meghan Dana of Derby High School; Iris Simone of East Hampton High School; Louis Dang of East Haven High School; Jeremy Amoro of Engineering & Science University Interdistrict Magnet High School; Charlotte Babbin of Guilford High School; Kelsey D’Amico of Haddam-Killingworth High School;  Jinxin Pan of Hamden Hall Country Day School; Boaz Kaffman of Hamden High School; Tyron Houston of High School in the Community; Malikia Jones of Highville Change Academy; Christa Nuzzo of Hill Regional Career High School; Kiarra Lavache of  Hopkins School; Madheen Shahdat Khan of James T. Hillhouse High School; Oreoluwatomiwa Opayemi of Jonathan Law High School; Gean DeGuzman of  Joseph A. Foran High School; Jennifer Magnoli of Mercy High School; Shaelyn Moody of  Metropolitan Business Academy; Sarah Nguyen of Middletown High School; Matthew Beauvais of Morgan School; Amy Wieleba of  Nathan Hale-Ray High School; Vsevolod Golanov of New Haven Academy; Christopher Candelora of  North Branford High School; Mehak Sharma of North Haven High School; Liam Nuttal of  Notre Dame High School; Mackenzie Kerwin of Oxford High School; Emily DiSalvo of  Portland High School; Tameka Purvis of Riverside Education Academy Magnet; Eunji Lee of  Sacred Heart Academy; Molly Schiffer of Seymour High School; Saumya Shah of  Shelton High School; Marissa Naclerio of  Sound School; Gabrielle Vozzi of  West Haven High School; Maya Geradi of Wilbur L. Cross High School; and Noah McGuiness of Xavier High School.

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