The Harvard Club of the Research Triangle awarded the Harvard Prize Book Award to 15 outstanding high school juniors during the month of May.  Our recipients spanned our region from the Triangle to the coast.  With the help of the Award Sponsors and the Schools committee, we were able to personally award the book to 7 recipients at their school’s award ceremony.  Thanks to all our sponsors and presenters!

Andrea Cornel, Broughton High School (Raleigh)
Presenter: Clayton Brooks

Andrea Cornel is an excellent scholar and straight A student at Broughton, currently #2 in the junior class. She is the founder and president of “Dig For Duke”, a nonprofit which raises money for Duke Children’s Hospital. Captain of not only her club and her school’s volleyball teams, Andrea is also captain of her club Curling team. She performed with the NC Symphony and toured Europe as a member of the Capital City Girls Choir.  In addition, Andrea is on the Broughton Class Council and helps plan school events.

Hermann Nji, Heritage High School (Wake Forest)

Presenter: Shonette Charles

Hermann is an outstanding student and person. At Heritage, he carries a 4.6 GPA and has won numerous awards, including a Math Achievement Award, a Kappa Scholars program award, and he served as a Junior Class Marshall.  He is a member of Operation Wisdom, the National Science Honors Society.

Lindley Andrews, Jordan Matthews High School (Siler City)
Presenter: Gus Reed

Lindley Andrew stands apart from her peers because of her poise and quiet determination. She has gracefully balanced her extremely rigorous course load with her commitment to the Jordan-Mathews tennis team, the J-M Arts musicals each year, DECA, and helping other students. She was the sweetest, most loyal lobster you ever did see in The Little Mermaid musical this past fall. As an enthusiastic Link Crew Leader she has helped freshmen to find a place at J-M. She has taken the initiative to spearhead Mentors for Middle, a program that connects rising 9th graders to J-M sophomores and juniors to help them make the transition from middle to high school. She is kind to her peers, gets along beautifully with a diverse group of students, and is respected by the J-M faculty.

Sellers Hill, North Carolina School of Science & Math (Durham)
Presenter: Sora Yoon

As a sophomore, Sellers spearheaded a collaboration between his school and the Meals on Wheels program – a pen pal service that matched volunteering high schoolers with seniors that were part of the program’s delivery route. Once at NCSSM, the community of like-minded, driven individuals on campus motivated him to pursue the things that interest and challenge him like Ethics Bowl and Research in Chemistry. His newfound hunger for exploration has led him to write for the school paper. He was chosen as a keynote speaker for the school’s MLK day assembly – and shared his thoughts on privilege and filtered narratives of his home town of Wilmington.

In his words: “My intellectual passions have never been directed towards one particular subject, instead they have led me to the type of excitement that transcends reward. The type of excitement that has you up until 1AM working on a bottle rocket, designing a poster, writing an article, or reading a paper because you enjoy it. I hope that in listing my highlights I have not implied that I am constantly and effortlessly succeeding. My time here has been so influential in part because of the vast amount of failure I have experienced. The lows are often what make the highs high, and I think my greatest asset is my ability to fail and get back up."

Braeden White, JH Rose High School (Greenville)

Margaret Stathelson, Northern High School (Durham)
Presenter: Bob Wiley

Margaret is a true scholar- she is ahead of her grade level in English (took AP English Literature as a junior), but pursues excellence in every subject. Since freshman year she has always ranked in the top ten in the class and was recently selected as a Junior Marshal to assist with seniors at graduation. She is also incredibly gifted in the arts and has had her artwork displayed throughout the school, community, and at local universities and events including the NC State Fair. She recently performed with the NHS Advanced Chorus and blew the crowd away with her astounding singing talent. Beyond all classroom accolades, Margaret is one of the kindest and most genuine students to work with. She has a ready smile and a giving spirit for everyone around her- even complete strangers. She has been an active member of Girl Scouts since she was in 6th grade and serves as a mentor for younger generations. Her future is bright and the staff at Northern can't wait to see what else she accomplishes while here!

Kylie Brooke Bunch, Southern Wayne High School (Wayne County)
Presenter: Tamara Berman-Ishee

Kylie Brooke Bunch is an academic leader and an active member of the National Honor Society, where she serves on the disciplinary committee.  She is also a member of the Community Service Committee for Future Farmers of America.  She has been a member of the volleyball team for the last three years and is also a member of the National Science Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, and Future Teachers of America.  Her favorite subjects in school are math, science and agriculture.  After high school graduation she hopes to study agriculture at university.

Makenna Castor, Wakefield High (Raleigh)

Makenna Castor is a phenomenal young lady and very deserving of the Harvard Book Club award.  Not only does Makenna excel in academics, but she also plays volleyball and runs cross country.  She is a leader in our community through her volunteer work as a tutor at both the YMCA and Page 158 books.  Makenna is a mature, hard working, thoughtful, and humble young lady.  

Ellie Hanford, New Bern High School (New Bern)
Presenter: Andrew Morehead

Ellie is the Daughter of Scott and Karrie Hanford. She has four other siblings. She plays for the Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse Teams, as well as the NBHS Club Beach Volleyball team. Ellie is also a part of the National Technical Honor Society and FCA at NBHS. She plans to attend Coastal Carolina and play beach volleyball.

Zane Dash, Isaac Bear Early College (Wilmington)

Zane Dash is one of the most exceptional students I have encountered throughout my educational endeavors as a counselor. Just recently, we received our ACT Test scores for our rising seniors and Zane had a Perfect 36, a rare and extraordinary featEach year, I encounter new students and they become a part of our lives, but Zane is extra special.  

Zane’s excellent characteristics are many, but here's a few: He has an inquiring mind, respectful of authority and peers, applies knowledge to practice, relates extremely well with peers and faculty, participates in extra-curricular activities and community service, multiple academic awards, served in significant leadership positions, maintained an A average, and enjoys learning.  His attributes are endless because he is such a naturally endearing student. 

Most recently, Zane placed 4th in Chemistry Lab and 8th in Dynamic Planet in Science Olympiad at State Competition.  Zane is genuinely passionate about Math and Science and interested to pursue undergraduate degrees in chemistry and math and to then attend medical school. Zane's full potential is yet to be realized and believe his gifts will be enhanced even more by the opportunities that lie ahead

Other Participating Schools:

Carrboro High School (Carrboro)

East Chapel Hill High (Chapel Hill)

Lejeune High School (Hubert)