Caroline Claire Peck, a junior at Santa Fe Christian Schools, was one of 16 outstanding juniors in San Diego County who was awarded the Yale Club of San Diego Book Award at the annual ceremony on May 18. All students nominated by their schools for this recognition had to be in the top 2 to 3 percent of their class, and demonstrate leadership and “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise,” according to the Yale Club of San Diego. Award recipients received a Yale-affiliated book chosen according to their interests, a DVD of an Open Yale Course, as well as a certificate highlighting their achievement.
Peck received “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy” by Emily Bazelon, and the Yale Open Course DVD: Global Problems of Population Growth.
The Yale Club Book Award was established to identify outstanding high school students and acknowledge their academic achievements. It also serves to “encourage students who might not otherwise have thought themselves likely candidates to consider Yale University as a possible choice for their college studies,” said Giovanni Chimienti, Ph.D., university professor, retired, and chairman of the 2013 Yale Club of San Diego Book Award committee. Other Yale alumni serving on the Committee were: Paul Friedman, MD, professor emeritus, Radiology; The Honorable Robert Longstreth, judge, Superior Court San Diego County; Elizabeth A. Porterfield, attorney at law; and Bryna Kranzler, author.