2016 Yale Book Award Reception
On Sunday afternoon, May 22 nd , 19 alumni from a variety of academic and professional fields arrived at the lovely community room of the La Jolla Riford Library to support the Club’s continuing effort to give outstanding San Diego high school juniors a taste of Yale College.
This year’s reception, the 5 th in a series initiated by YCSD Board member Robert Longstreth (JD, ’81, Treasurer) and former Board member Elizabeth Porterfield (YC, ‘78), recognized the accomplishments of students from 18 San Diego area high schools in the presence of their parents.
Board member Camilla Ross was at the door to welcome students and their parents, after which they got right down to refreshments and one-on- one conversations with alumni from Yale College and Yale’s graduate and professional schools.
In his remarks to the group, Board member Giovanni Chimienti (PhD, ’67) pointed out that the 18 students were being recognized for their academic promise, their leadership skills and their personal character; he also noted the not-at- all-hidden agenda behind the awards: to draw the attention of these students to Yale College as a possible choice for their college education.
Giovanni introduced the following alumni/-ae with brief bios that barely hinted at their talents and accomplishments: Bob Longstreth (JD, ’81), Steve Ding (PhD, ‘11), Jing Xu (PhD, ‘97), Jason Lujan (BA, ’89), Erika Morgan (MPPM, ’85), Teresa Wo Lewis (BS, ’82), Michael Lewis (BA, ’83), Joan Reese (MD, ’71) , Bob Reese (PhD, ’72), Bradley Lebow (BA, ’02), Peter Jacobson (BS Eng, ’14), Madison Sharp (BS, ’03), Andrew Leu (BS, ’13), Betsey Boutelle (BA, ’07), Seve Gonzales (BA, ’10), Michael Owens (MD, MPH, ’78), Ashley Sloan ’10 (BA, ’10), Camilla Ross (Widow of Henry L. Ross, Jr. ’50)
Each alum introduced one of these students, giving some highlights in his/her career to date, and presenting a certificate. (Students receive their Book Awards at school ceremonies.)
Katherine L. (Academy of Our Lady of Peace), Erwil B. (Chula Vista HS), Kristofer L. (Coronado HS), Elizabeth E. (High Tech High), Arielle A. (La Jolla Country Day School), Dana C. (Pacific Ridge School), Clayton L. (Patrick Henry HS), Ella B. (Point Loma HS), Luis G. (Reality Changers), Kasey B. (SD School of Creative & Performing Arts), Delilah F. (San Dieguito Academy). Justin H. (Santa Fe Christian Schools), Gian F. (St. Augustine HS), Kevin L. (Scripps Ranch HS), Justin W. (The Bishop’s School), Franklin H. (The Preuss School), Patricia O. (Torrey Pines HS), Helen T. (University City HS). (Note: Kristofer and Helen were unable to attend the reception.)
Following this ceremony, students and parents went on to more face-to- face encounters with alumni. In comments to Giovanni, parents and students were enthusiastic about this opportunity to interact live with Yale College and Yale University alumni.
[Photo: Andrew Leu, Yale ‘13]