Brody Kellish wins National Merit, SRC and A.B. Duke scholarships

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The hits just keep on coming for Cazenovia High School senior Brody Kellish. First, Brody got word in mid-April that he had won a full scholarship to Duke University. The Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship covers full tuition, room, board and fees for four years, plus the opportunity to attend a six-week summer program at the University of Oxford. Next, he learned he was one of 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by some 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.11.04 AMBrody Kellish Specifically, he won the National Merit James E. Casey Scholarship, which was established in 1963 for the children of United Parcel Service employees. Brody’s father, Mark, works for UPS. By winning the scholarship, whose prizes range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year, Brody was carrying on a family tradition, of sorts. Older siblings Jackie and Max won the same scholarships when they were seniors at Cazenovia. Then this week, Brody completed his trifecta when he found out he won an SRC STEM Scholarship from the Syracuse research and development company. The award, given to four Central New York students who plan to pursue a college degree in a field related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics, includes a $10,000 scholarship and a guaranteed internship at SRC after the students’ sophomore and junior years of college. “We are so very proud of Brody and his accomplishments,” Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Schnabl said. “He is a role model for his peers and is certainly deserving of the accolades and scholarships he has been awarded. We can expect great things from Brody and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.” The 18-year-old called his string of achievements “an incredible honor.” Brody, whose extracurricular activities at Cazenovia have included baseball, soccer, indoor track, Tech Club and the Envirothon, plans to double-major in computer engineering and computer science at Duke. “I’m much more comfortable doing things than being idle,” Brody said. “I’m not good with down time.” He’ll be in good company on Duke’s campus in Durham, N.C.; older brother Max, 21, is a junior studying biomedical engineering there, and sister Jackie, 25, is pursuing a doctorate in English literature. “My sister’s apartment is 30 seconds from the freshmen dorm,” Brody said. A Cazenovia native, Brody said he couldn’t have asked for a better place to grow up and learn. “The people here have been great,” he said. “They’ve been instrumental in all of my successes.”    

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