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- January 12, 2024
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RUSS AND JO ANN CESARI SCHOLARSHIP
Christian Kelley fits perfectly into the criteria established by Russ and Jo Ann Cesari for their scholarship – an MCA lineman who has distinguished himself in the classroom as well as on the field. He must be accepted into an institution of higher learning. Christian is currently ranked fourth in his class and has received a scholarship to continue his athletic career at Cornell University for coach David Archer.
Kelley has been a four-year letterman for coach Carmen Defrancesco, playing at a number of positions including offensive guard, tackle, tight end, fullback, slot receiver, wide receiver, defensive tackle, defensive end, and outside linebacker. He contributed in a number of ways, but he did his best work as a defensive player. He racked up 180 tackles – 75 solo, 105 assisted – with 23 of those for loss. He added 8 quarterback sacks for 40 yards lost, recovered 4 defensive fumbles, had 2 interceptions and 2 pass break ups. He also added 37 receptions for 628 yards and 5 TD’s in his career. For his efforts, he was named honorable mention AA All State by Pennsylvania Football News and PIAA Eastern PA Football.com. He was named to the first team by the Republican Herald and to a number of other area publications. He was awarded the Kiwanis Club Award as this year’s scholar athlete at the annual Rotary Banquet. He has been ranked the 65th player in the state of PA by 24/7 Sports.com and 108th Tight end in the nation by 24/7 Sports.com. Following the 2013 season, Kelley was invited to attend the 2013 Rivals Ultimate 250 Nationwide in Dallas, Texas. He has been recruited by Cornell as an inside linebacker.
Christian has also been a two-year letterman with MCA basketball, winning the Scholar Athlete Award following the 2014 season. He has been a major contributor to MCA track, lettering all four years. He would anchor the 4 x 100 relay team, including Nick Troutman, Eric Joraskie, and Elijah Duran to a District gold medal in 2013 with a time of 43.85. He also placed fourth in 2014 running a 15.84 in the 110 meter high hurdles.
He has also run an 11.11 100 meter and has thrown the shot. Christian was named to the second team Heartland Conference in the hurdles, 4 x 100 and 100 meters. He was named the Ed Romance Chapter Athlete for August.
IN addition to his high rank, Christian is a member of the National Honor Society, National Athletic Honor Society, was named Rotary Student of the Month for September, Elks Student of the Month for March, 2014, and is a member of the Spanish Club, Calculus Club, and Tech Ed Club. He has volunteered his services to the Special Olympics and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Kelley, who is the son of Angela and Rob Kelley, will pursue a double major at Cornell in Chemistry and Economics.