The Harvard Club of the Research Triangle awarded the Harvard Prize Book Award to 9 outstanding high school juniors during the month of May.  Our recipients spanned our region from the Triangle to the coast.  While the Award Sponsors and Book Prize committee usually strive to personally award the book at the school’s award ceremony, this year, all awards were presented virtually.  Thanks to all our sponsors!

eric-bensonEric Benson

Broughton High School (Raleigh)

Eric Benson is Broughton's recipient of the Harvard Book Prize for the 2019-2020 school year.  He exemplifies the characteristics of the award in his commitment to excellence in academics and extracurricular endeavors.  
Eric is a straight-A student in the rigorous IB Diploma Programme at Broughton.  He excels in the classroom and has a love of learning all while being tremendously active in our school community.  In athletics, Eric is a member of Broughton's Varsity Cross Country, Track, and Swimming teams.  In addition, he has been involved in student government since his Freshmen year and has been his class president for the last 2 years running.  He participates and holds leadership positions in multiple school events, including being the President of the Model UN and Committee Chair for Broughton's Caps Camp Staff.

jack-boylesJackson Andrew Boyles

Heritage High School (Wake Forest)

Jackson "Jack" Boyles has a genuine love of learning and seeks to apply and acquire learning outside of the four walls of the classroom.  Even during remote learning, Jack is engaged and pushing forward and is focused on continued improvement.  
His teachers say:  He is truly invested in his learning and is exemplary in every sense.  He is invested in academics as well as life. Outside the classroom he is an athlete, playing baseball on varsity team since sophomore year, but also works as a coach to teach younger children the game as well as life skills and sportsmanship.  Jack rests on his faith and serves as Head of Outreach team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  His service to the community expands to the local food shuttle each week.  


Shane Philip Conroy

Jordan Matthews High School (Siler City)

Shane is not only extraordinarily academically gifted, but hones his abilities with persistence and joy. His writing and verbal skills are well-developed in both English and Spanish through his years in our Dual Language Program. Shane is mathematically gifted, yet humble enough to know that there is still a lot to learn from his teachers and classmates. However, his first love is science, and he not only can absorb and retain realms of complex information, but can use it to solve problems.

As a leader of our Robotics Team, Shane has applied his knowledge of physics and computer science to solve problems, and he was selected to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School in Science for 2020. Shane has also been both the linchpin of our Quiz Bowl team and a successful competitor in our DECA program. He has met every challenge we have given him, and we are confident he will continue to do so at the college level.


bettie-clossBettie Closs

North Carolina School of Science & Math (Durham)

Bettie has served as a NCSSM Student Government Senator (Dormitory Senator for Beall Residence Hall) and proposed legislation and serving as a mouthpiece for the requests of my residence hall, and work in committees to solve problems and improve student life. She worked to organize the TED x NCSSM 2021 event as a leading member of the executive Speaker Committee and was nominated to this position after being a speaker of last year’s event, presenting an original Talk, "Why Write?", about the benefits of creative writing. She was an executive panel judge of the Duke Regional Spelling Bee (2020 season) having won the Duke bee and attending the Scripps National Spelling Bee three years in a row. She is a member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) club, and the NCSSM 2019 Cross-Country Team  

She has tutored an academically-challenged neighbor in English and spelling and volunteered at the Hatteras Village Fire Department, selling cake, T-shirts, and firehouse merchandise to tourists. 

She is interested in both the humanities and STEM studies: within humanities, she has interests in creative/expressive writing and fashion/art history, while in STEM fields she plans to pursue engineering, as an aviation/aeronautical engineer. Her ideal job is to be an aviation design and review inspector who produces published original works as a side hobby.



Andrew Max Brown

JH Rose High School (Greenville)

"Max" Brown is a stellar student, ranked 3rd in his class with a GPA of 4.59. Max has contributed to our school in many ways. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, FBLA, and National Honors Society. He has represented Rose in lacrosse, while also playing with a travel lacrosse team. 



mary-katherine-wareMary Katherine Ware

Northern High School (Durham)

Mary Katherine “MK” Ware is a scholar ahead of her time. She is intellectual, genuinely kind and giving, and tireless in all efforts. MK consistently ranks in the top five of an incredibly competitive class. She was selected with a small group of students to pilot Northern High School’s Capstone Program, which included a commitment to arrive at school an hour early for two years. In these courses, MK completed a research project on urbanization and climate change that included a paper and presentation. Her attention to detail, thorough understanding of the sources, and confidence in the content allowed her to excel on the project. It is now being used as an exemplar for other students in the course.

She is also involved in her school and community through Student Council, Youth Choir, the Swim Team, volunteering with senior citizens, and multiple peer mentoring programs.


Zora Andrews 

Northwood High School (Pittsboro) 

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ian-donnelyIan Donnely

New Bern High School (New Bern)

Here at NBHS, we encourage our students to be proactive in their studies and get involved in our school community. Ian is not only academically gifted, but a well-rounded student. Ian has taken advantage of the opportunity to take college courses at our local community college along with classes here at New Bern. Overall, Ian is a hardworking, dedicated student who will excel greatly after his high school career. 


Other Participating Schools:

Lejeune High School (Hubert) (no information released (Army regulations/PATRIOT Act))