Michael Oddo of Cross River was awarded the prestigious Yale Book Award, which is presented to a Junior who has demonstrated outstanding personal character and intellectual promise, selected by the high school faculty and administration. Throughout his high school career, Michael has maintained his standing at the top of his class, while taking advanced college courses through Johns Hopkins University in addition to Kennedy Catholic’s most rigorous coursework. Outside of the classroom, Michael is the Editor-in-Chief of Kennedy Catholic’s student newspaper, Gael Winds, the President of the band ensemble, and the Founder and President of Kennedy Catholic’s Junior State of America Chapter. Michael is also a member of the Kennedy Catholic High School Varsity Lacrosse team and the Varsity Cross Country team. Last summer, Michael was selected from an international pool of applicants to attend a two-week semester intensive program at Harvard University, where he completed a college-level Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties course. Michael, a Duke University Student Representative for the Northeast Region, authored research at Duke on the constitutional implications of artificial intelligence during the Accelerated STEM Academy, and has also completed academic programs at Georgetown University. This past spring, Michael became a National Second Round Finalist in the Profile in Courage Essay Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. This summer, Michael was selected among college and law students to work as an intern at the Office of the New York State Attorney General in the Executive Division.