Junior Josh Roseler's stellar achievement in math and science at The Wellington School brought him a Rensselaer Medal and a $60,000 scholarship.
Wellington teacher Matt Spencer said Rensselaer medalists have "distinguished themselves in math and science."
"In Josh's case, he was an outstanding student in both these subjects in 11th grade," Spencer said. "He took calculus and honors physics and was awarded the 11th-grade math prize."
Spencer said Roseler also led the tech crew for the theater department and participated in extracurricular sports at the private K-12 school in Upper Arlington.
"He is an all-around, extremely well-balanced student; however, he is clearly passionate and talented in the science and math components of the curriculum," he said.
Roseler was one of only 250 students in the nation to be accepted to the Air Force Academy's Summer Seminar, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The scholarship will be presented to Roseler if he chooses to attend the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., after high school.
Roseler, a Worthington resident, said he has attended Wellington since he was 5 years old.
"When my name was called up at morning meeting, announcing that I had received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Medal award, I was quite surprised," he said. "I have always gotten good grades, but I was flattered to know that my math and science teachers recognized such potential in me as to recommend me for the award.
"I was amazed when I heard that the award came with a guaranteed $60,000 scholarship, should I choose to attend the school," he said.
Roseler's "dream school" is in another direction, however: He is seeking an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
"Since about age 5, I've always greatly respected those in the armed forces and have found military aviation especially invigorating," he said. "It has always been a dream of mine to be an Air Force pilot, specifically a fighter pilot."
He said his interest and respect for the military has matured over the years. He still wants to become a fighter pilot but he also wants to give back to his country and realize his potential as a military officer.
"The leadership traits instilled in military officers are amazing," he said.
Roseler is on the varsity swimming and baseball teams and is lead theater aide and student technical director for Wellington's theater department.
He was also project leader for the school's trebuchet project, where the honors physics class built an 8-foot-tall floating-arm trebuchet capable of throwing a pumpkin more than 70 meters.
"In a way, I was sad when I was given the award, because I knew that I likely will not be attending the school," he said. "The scholarship could have been given to someone interested who really could have benefited from the money.
"I'm thankful and flattered for the award, but if I'm lucky enough to receive an appointment to the USAFA, or any other service academy for that matter, the enticement of the $60,000 scholarship is largely null," he said.