Greenwich’s Andrew Day semi-finalist for scholarship

Andrew Day, left, a Beacon School Senior, ran the New York City Marathon for the Southport-based Connecticut Challenge. He is shown with Maya Oberstein, who was the co-chair of the Challenge’s annual summer bike ride.

Andrew Day, left, a Beacon School Senior, ran the New York City Marathon for the Southport-based Connecticut Challenge. He is shown with Maya Oberstein, who was the co-chair of the Challenge’s annual summer bike ride.

Beacon School senior Andrew Day has distinguished himself on a variety of levels this fall and has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Coca Cola Foundation Scholarship Awards.

The CCF recognizes exceptional high school seniors for their academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. Out of 103,000 applications, 2000 highly qualified students were chosen as semi-finalists. After a rigorous interview process, Andrew will be notified this month if he will be awarded one of the 150 $20,000 scholarships.

In addition, Andrew was the youngest runner to participate in the NYC Marathon on behalf of the CT Challenge, a cancer charity. He ran on behalf of Maya Oberstein, a 12-year-old girl from West Hartford who was the co-chair of the CT Challenge’s summer ride along with Bobby Valentine. Individually, Andrew raised over $5,000 through his marathon involvement. All proceeds from his Team CT Challenge are going to fund unique programs and research to help cancer survivors through exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support.

“Cancer survivors need follow-up care for life and I am helping them,” said Andrew. The grueling training program to prepare for the marathon had to be integrated into his schoolwork, college application process and other activities.

“(My friends) know I do things most other people don’t do,’’ he said. “I’ve done two or three night sailboat races, and I’m planning on going skydiving. My friends know my interests are a little unusual.”

Andrew thinks he’ll do a marathon for charity in the future. “It’s hard, but I think I would like to do it again,” he said.

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