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Schenectady runner Menis earns scholarship

Schenectady runner Menis earns scholarship

Standout excelled in class, in distance events
Schenectady runner Menis earns scholarship
Isaac Menis will use his scholarship money at the University at Albany.
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SCHENECTADY — Recent Schenectady High School graduate Isaac Menis has been selected the winner of the Fulmont Roadrunners Club’s 2019 James R. Dern Memorial Scholarship.

Menis ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for four years at Schenectady while also excelling in the classroom and participating in many extracurricular activities. He will continue his athletic career and study computer science at the University at Albany.

The Dern scholarship is awarded annually to college-bound seniors from Fulton and Montgomery County high schools, along with club members such as Menis from other high schools who have competed in varsity distance running programs for at least two years. Candidates are judged on personal qualities including work ethic, leadership skills, sportsmanship, commitment to team goals, and respect of peers.

Menis holds records in five different outdoor track events. He capped off his career this spring by running the mile-long anchor leg for the intersectional distance medley relay team that brought home a New York state championship. His academic accolades include the University at Albany Presidential Scholarship, and he won the 2019 Suburban Council Leadership Award.

Menis was presented with this year’s $500 Dern award at the club’s recent Mule Haul road race, which he won.

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