Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 CAAC Book Award, an achievement award presented to selected outstanding high school students who display “excellence in academic scholarship, high character, and the accomplishment of many worthy achievements.” This year's recipients received Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow's landmark biography of Founding Father (and Columbia Alum!) Alexander Hamilton.
Myers Park High School
Sophie Behdani is a student in the Myers Park IB Diploma Program and is always a hardworking and conscientious student. Sophie provides volunteer service throughout the community and is also involved with student groups here on campus. She will represent Myers Park at Project Uplift at the University of North Carolina this summer.
Providence High School
Beryl Bortey is most deserving of the Columbia Book Award for her leadership and dedication in both the classroom and the community. Beryl is currently ranked in the top one percent of the class and is taking a rigorous schedule that includes five AP classes. She serves as the vice president for French Club, Key Club, and National Technical Honor Society as well as the secretary for the Sophomore Class Board. Beryl’s passion for learning extends beyond the classroom, and she has served the last two summers as an intern for Promising Pages, a local non-profit that provides books and reading programs to underprivileged students. In addition, Beryl is a part of the Leaders in Training Program through Camp Soar and assists with their camp for special needs children during the summer.