Senior Harrier Cornelison Earns Berry Scholarship Award
With legendary talent, work ethic, competitiveness and team orientation, Mike Berry is a storied figure in Cheltenham Cross Country lore. He finished second at states in 1980 and came back to coach the Panthers before passing away in a car accident in his 20s. After his untimely passing, a scholarship was established in his honor to pay tribute to a top CHS senior cross country runner who best exemplified Berry’s characteristics.
This past Tuesday, Jason Cornelison was recognized as the 2019 recipient of the Mike Berry Scholarship. A two-time Suburban One American Cross Country champion, Cornelison is also a two-time state qualifier. Running on a sore knee at this year’s state championships, Cornelison improved his 2017 finish by four spots, taking 41st in 17:09. A tremendous scholar who ranks in the top 20 of his class, Cornelison is headed to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
“He’s kind of quiet,” said volunteer coach Tom Sexton, the Panthers’ longtime cross country coach said. “But he has a fire burning in him to be the best and exemplifies all of Mike Berry’s best qualities.”
Funds for this scholarship are raised through an annual Mike Berry Run, which takes place every Labor Day weekend in Curtis Arboretum. For more information about the scholarship and race, contact Tom Sexton.