Two Fitch students are awarded first Kelley scholarships

Groton — The John J. Kelley Memorial Fund has announced the first two recipients of a $1,500 scholarship in memory of the late Mystic resident who won the 1957 Boston Marathon and was a two-time Olympian.

The scholarships are awarded to two seniors and are "based on kindness and sportsmanship." They are funded by excess donations made to the effort to erect a statue of Kelley and his dog Brutus in downtown Mystic.

Last Thursday night at the Fitch High School awards banquet, fund President Jim Roy and 1968 Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot of Mystic presented the scholarships to seniors Alicia Moroyoqui and Owen Stanfield.

Moroyoqui was named All State in cross-country this year, is president of the school’s Student2Student club, a member of National Honors Society and a contributor to the school’s literary magazine. She is attending Mount Holyoke College.

Stanfield is the captain of the school indoor and outdoor track teams, won the indoor track ECC Sportsmanship award, the Outdoor Track Coaches Award as a junior and was named all-ECC this year in indoor track. He will attend the University of Connecticut-Avery Point.

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