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The mission of the Harvard Club of the Triangle is to celebrate our ties to Harvard through social engagement, professional networking, service in our communities, and by cultivating the interest of future generations in Harvard.

Harvard Prize Book - 2014 Recipients

The Harvard Club of the Research Triangle awarded the Harvard Prize Book to 16 outstanding high school juniors during the months of April and 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 11 recipients at their schools’ award ceremonies.


Madelyn Amos, Rocky Mount High School
Sponsor: Harvard Club

Madelyn is a student in the International Baccalaureate program. She serves as the student representative on the School Improvement Team and is active in a number of other organizations, including the math team, Science Club, NHS, and International Club. Opportunities to travel have further strengthened her interest in other cultures. In addition to local community service with Gatekeepers, Madelyn is active in animal rights groups and works to raise awareness about issues affecting animals.


Darryl K. Beasley, Hillside High School
Sponsor: Rebecca High

Keith is an International Baccalaureate student who is strongly interested in math, science, and biomedical engineering. He has served as a Freshman Academy mentor, IB mentor, and peer tutor in math and has participated in science programs at Duke University. He has been a member of the Durham City Council Youth Commission and a People to People ambassador. Keith is first in his class and a standout on the football field—a true scholar-athlete.


Dylan Brooks, Purnell Swett High School
Sponsor: John Kim

Dylan is a three-sport scholar athlete who balances numerous Advanced Placement classes, family responsibilities, and church activities with the long hours of a varsity athlete. His school and community service activities range from youth soccer coach to multi-year all-conference soccer MVP as well as membership in the Native American Student Association and participation in the National Native American Youth Initiative of the Association of American Indian Physicians.


Jeffrey Chen, Chapel Hill High School
Sponsor: Dr. Moe R. Lim & Sora Yoon

Jeffrey has maintained A averages in all of his classes, including Advanced Placement courses in natural sciences, mathematics, world languages, and computer science, while also completing nearly 300 hours of community service. His activities range from outreach programs at the Morehead Planetarium to service events at the local Arts Center and computer assistance services coordinated by the Kramden Institute to address the technology needs of disadvantaged families. Jeffrey is a talented and generous young man.


Kenneth “Charlie” Doty, New Bern High School
Sponsor: Harvard Club

Charlie has challenged himself with online classes at the North Carolina School of Science and Math as well as those at New Bern High. He is an Eagle Scout and an all-conference defenseman on the soccer team who also volunteers at an afterschool tutoring program during the week and plays bass at his church on Sundays. He looks forward to attending Governor’s School this summer.


Talpha Everett, Isaac Bear Early College High School
Sponsor: Harvard Club

Talpha has led entrepreneurial activities in her school and in the larger community while excelling academically. A designer and jewelry maker, she fosters other local talent and eco-friendly businesses, serving in April as one of the directors of Wilmington's Fashion Weekend, a four-day event highlighting emerging designers, accessory ateliers, and local boutiques. In May, Talpha will intern at a talent agency in Santa Monica, California, to further develop her abundant gifts and leadership skills.

Gabriel Fox-Peck, Durham School of the Arts
Sponsor: Yun Boylston

Gabe is an accomplished pianist, singer, songwriter, and composer. In 2013 and 2014, he won the high school All-State Jazz Piano Competition, having won at the district level as a freshman in 2012. He has been a starter for the varsity baseball team every year and in almost every position. Passionate about community, he plays jazz at the VA Hospital and in retirement homes, tutors at El Centro Hispano, and teaches piano to elementary school students.


Tyler Goldberger, Wakefield High School
Sponsor: Harvard Club

Tyler is an academically gifted student who also works hard and is always striving to learn more. These traits naturally cause him to stand out intellectually among his peers, but Tyler is also a phenomenal person who maintains a positive attitude and is always willing to help others. He is a runner, a junior marshal, and a valued member of the community.


Margaret "Maggie" Hassel, East Chapel Hill High School
Sponsor: Bronwyn and John de Figueiredo

Maggie has made a tremendous impact on her school culture in activities ranging from her articles on local, state, and national issues for the school newspaper, especially those on public education, to her role on the winning team at the 2014 National Ethics Bowl. She continues to grow as a thinker and writer, making thoughtful, original contributions to discussions and providing leadership through her caring, generous cooperation with others.


Josh Hudson, Jordan-Matthews High School
Sponsor: Gus Reed

Josh had pitched two no-hitters by late April of the 2014 baseball season after also starting for the football and basketball teams. A top performer in the classroom as well as on the field, Josh supports his natural abilities with excellent work habits, consistently at the top of his own game but also able and willing to explain tough concepts to his classmates—a focused, disciplined learner and leader.


Ekaterina (Katya) Khlystova, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Sponsor: Yun Boylston

Katya was born in the Netherlands, where she lived for three years before moving to the U.S. Once here, while maintaining her parents’ native Russian, she replaced Dutch with English. She was first exposed to French—which she also mastered—when she moved to North Carolina in first grade. Rigorous science, math, and humanities courses now satisfy her need for intellectual challenge, but she also finds time for ballet, which she has studied since childhood.


Cecelia (Celia) Mizelle, Cary Academy
Sponsor: Lisa Duke

Celia’s interests in special needs in education, learning styles, and pedagogical approaches led her to help create the Shifting the Education Paradigm (STEP) program at her school. She has researched and presented on these issues at her school, at the Southeastern Brain Conference, and at a teacher conference at NCSU. Multi-talented, Celia was nominated with two fellow dancers for an Outstanding Choreography Award at this year’s National High School Dance Festival and thrives in the most challenging courses.


Kabir Auwal Mohammed, J H Rose High School
Sponsor: Harvard Club

Kabir has strong interests in both mathematics and the social sciences.  In particular, he enjoys learning about current events and politics.  In addition, he is a gifted viola player who has been involved with multiple local strings programs.  He strives to help others and enjoys tutoring fellow students at his high school.


James Osborne, Lejeune High School
Sponsor: Gus Reed

Enthusiastic and committed to learning, James is a person of strong character and academic accomplishment who also shows appreciation for his teachers as well as for what they are teaching. He participates in a range of activities including soccer, track and field, NHS, and Boy Scouts. He is willing to step out of his comfort zone and take risks, and he balances his rigorous course load and extracurriculars with many hours of volunteer and community service.


Rosalynn Phan, Heritage High School
Sponsor: John Kim

Rosalynn is an outstanding student leader who allows her actions to speak for her. She has shared her leadership skills as an effective assistant coach of the school’s Science Olympiad team and as the vice president of the Chess Club. She also plays several musical instruments and swims for the varsity team.


Lydia Trogden, Broughton High School
Sponsor: Diane Dimond

Lydia is a student in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program and active in student government, Junior State of America, and Youth and Government. She was recently elected as next year’s student body vice president. Anchor of the Year in the WCAP Student News program, she also participates in school and community theater as well as Drama Club, NHS, Broughton Book Club, Quiz Bowl, and Sign Language Club.

Madelyn Amos, Rocky Mount HS

Madelyn Amos, Rocky Mount HS

Darryl Beasley, Hillside HS

Darryl Beasley, Hillside HS

Maggie Hassel, East Chapel Hill HS

Maggie Hassel, East Chapel Hill HS

Katya Khlystova, NCSSM

Katya Khlystova, NCSSM

Jeffrey Chen, Chapel Hill HS

Jeffrey Chen, Chapel Hill HS

James Osborne, Lejeune High School

James Osborne, Lejeune High School


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