Brockton High School celebrated its 2021 Book Award winners on Monday, June 7, in the Azure IRC.
The Book Awards are given annually to top performing students in grade 11 from elite colleges and universities in recognition of their high achievement and leadership abilities. Brockton High School is honored to be one of a select number of schools to be recognized by Brown University, Harvard University, Williams College, Wellesley College and Yale University.
We’re thrilled to share information about this year’s recipients.
Ren Long – Yale University Book Award Recipient
Unafraid of a challenge, Ren Long is enrolled in the high school’s Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. He is a valued member of the Concert Band and Marching Band, most impressively making the transition from flute to trombone in seventh grade.
In addition to his love of the performing arts, Ren has found a creative outlet in the visual arts. He recently began designing a digital comic in his spare time. He also taught himself calligraphy.
Ren is also involved in C5, a five-year journey of self-discovery. As part of C5, Ren completed a weeklong, 33-mile hike through the North Cascades in Washington.
Katarina Lutz – Brown University Book Award Recipient
Katarina Lutz is enrolled in rigorous Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses at Brockton High School. Katarina is interested in the visual arts and particularly enjoys drawing and painting, specifically acrylics and digital art. She has sculpted in the past and recently took up sewing.
An avid reader and Stephen King fan, Katarina plans to establish the Horror Club at BHS next school year.
Christian Nichols – Williams College Book Award Recipient
Christian Nichols is enrolled in the high school's International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement courses. He seeks to challenge himself by taking various Computer Science courses.
In spring 2021, Christian won a $50,000 Frederick P. Fish Patent Award for his submission to the International Science and Engineering Fair. Christian designed an artificial intelligence model which can identify fossils during field expeditions. Christian spent three months designing his project in Tensorflow, an end-to-end open source platform for machine learning. He was one of 14 Massachusetts students to be selected for the ISEF after coming in third place at the Regional South Shore Science Fair.
The patent award covers all of the legal fees and services required to patent his invention by Fish and Richardson, an international patent firm.
Emily Ta – Harvard University Book Award Recipient
Emily Ta is enrolled in the high school’s rigorous International Baccalaureate program. She is part of the Mayor’s Youth Council, the Brockton SPARK program, and is a student representative to the School Committee’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee. She also participated in the interview process for the district’s new Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Emily is in the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Biotech Apprenticeship program which matches high school students with opportunities to promote technical knowledge and professional skills.
Beyond her academic interests, Emily is a self-described freelance artist. She served as Painting Executive for the 2021 school musical and runs an art blog in her free time.
Alyce Watt – Wellesley College Book Award Recipient
Alyce Watt is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her outstanding performance in her Chinese courses has earned her membership into the Foreign Language National Honor Society.
Alyce is a member of the Field Hockey team and of the Envirothon Club. Outside of school, she is an equestrian and a member of the Holly Grove Equestrian Center where she spends her summers and weekends working and riding.