|The annual presentation of Book Awards is a YWAA tradition and links Yale to the Westchester community. (YWAA photo)|
Book Awards, a Yale-Westchester tradition, have been given to 130 students the past three years. YWAA guidelines recommend students who exhibit "outstanding personal character and intellectual promise" be considered. The awards permit Yale alumni to recognize top students throughout Westchester. As high-achieving students, some students go on to apply to Yale, and a few over the years have attended. The program is funded by YWAA and by special alumni contributions earmarked for the awards.
Victoria Rainford was the first winner this year at Early College High School, the new magnet school in Yonkers. White Plains High School in 2014 named two winners, Gabriella Alexandrou and Madeline Beck. Other schools represented include a list from Palisades Preparatory School (also in Yonkers) to Yorktown High School.
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