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 Oct. 1 in Davenport College. The students were selected by their schools in recognition of their â€œoutstanding personal character and intellectual promise.â€�
The Yale Club of New Haven invited Yale Book Award honorees, their families, and their school guidance counselors to campus to receive their books. The students and their guests also enjoyed breakfast and lunch in Davenport College, a panel discussion and conversation with current Yale students from the area, and tours of Yale.
Head of College John Witt welcomed everyone to Davenport. Yaleâ€™s first lady Marta Moret â€™84 M.P.H. was on hand to greet the winners and their families and to award the books. She also spoke to the guests from a personal perspective about the importance of books and literacy.
Just as the early morning showers stopped and the sun came out, Handsome Dan stopped by with his handler Kevin Discepolo to pose for a group photo of the awardees in the Davenport College courtyard.
This yearâ€™s student panelists were Solomon Aromolaran â€™21, Donasia Gray â€™22, Jaylan Leon â€™21, and Jordan Lampo â€™20, joined by Abdul-Raza Zachariah â€™17, author of the childrenâ€™s book â€œThe Night is Yours,â€� who now works at LEAP. Dr. Sandy Chang â€™88, associate dean of science and quantitative reasoning education at Yale College, spoke about opportunities for students interested in STEM. Then tour guides Ella Fanger â€™21 and Alissa Ji â€™20 showed students and families around the campus while guidance counselors met with Patricia Wei from the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Each student was awarded two books, chosen by the student â€” one as a keepsake and one to present to their school library. The award program is endowed by the late Fenmore Seton â€™39 and his wife Phyllis, who passed away in August. The event was made possible through the efforts of Yale Club of New Haven administrator Theresa Mester and a group of volunteers: Elaine Piraino-Holevoet â€™75 (chair), club president Ronald Heiferman â€™65, Timothy Bertaccini â€™77, Christina Coffin â€™74, David McNamara â€™78, and Suzanne M. Cooney â€™85 M.P.H. Yaleâ€™s Office of New Haven and State Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions provided additional financial support.
The 2019 Yale-Seton Book Award winners and their schools are: