Edward Cheserek, left, and Angel Cruz take notes while listing with other classmates to a video about glaciers and the environmental risks of them melting. Edward Cheserek from Kenya who was chosen by a missionary group in Kenya to receive a scholarship to come to the U.S. for a free education. The missionary group identifies gifted and talented student athletes and Cheserek’s great success in running was a big reason for him being selected. Since his arrival at St. Benedict’s Prep, Cheserek, a 16-year-old sophomore, has become one of the nation’s best cross-country runners. Information:. Friday November 19, 2010. NEWARK, NJ, USA. Photo by (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger) TO PURCHASE THIS PHOTO, CALL THE STAR-LEDGER PHOTO LIBRARY AT 973-392-1530
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Newark high-schooler Edward Cheserek competed in the Men’s 5000-meter run at the 2012 MIllrose Games at the Armory Track in Manhattan, NY Feb. 11, 2012.
In June of 2010, St. Benedict’s track coach Marty Hannon went to meet Edward Cheserek at the airport. Cheserek was the second student the Newark school had taken in with assistance from Stadi za Maisha, an educational trust based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The taciturn youngster who had come from the other side of the world arrived, Hannon said, with “an empty backpack on his back and without a cent to his name.”