LIHUE — Kauai High School senior Brayden Antonio got a book Tuesday morning at school.
It was not just a book. Brayden was named the recipient of the Harvard Prize Book award, accepting his gift from Harvard alumni Mufi Hannemann who flew in from Oahu for the presentation.
The Harvard Prize Book award is given annually to high school students in the 11th and 12th grades by a alumni of Harvard University and introduces talented young people to opportunities available at Harvard while recognizing their scholastic and personal achievements.
Annually, more than 1,900 high schools around the world are presented Harvard Prize Books.
“Kauai High School is the only school on Kauai to receive a Harvard Prize Book this year,” Hannemann said.
The book is one of 25 being distributed to high schools in the state.
Brayden was joined by his parents, Paul and Sandy Antonio, grandparents, Tom Solatre and Lynn Antonio, and acting KHS principal Anne Kane for the presentation.
“I am just thankful for being chosen for this award,” the senior said. “I’m planning on majoring in business with an eye toward attending Cal Poly after graduation.”