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Kevin Kuchipudi '16 memorialized with tutoring center

July 18, 2013 By Michael Strysick        
Centre College, Kevin Kuchipudi, tutoring center

Members of the Centre College community who knew student Kevin Kuchipudi ’16 were saddened to learn recently that he had suffered a fatal seizure earlier in the year. The news of Kuchipudi's passing was reported on July 5 by his hometown newspaper, the North Jersey Record.

While only at Centre for a brief time, Kuchipudi made a strong impression on those he encountered. According to the recent newspaper story, his classmates at Leonia High School were equally touched, and so much so that they have been working on a way to preserve his memory at their school.

The Kevin Kuchipudi Tutoring Center at Leonia High School was recently dedicated, and classmates are also pursuing a plaque and bench in his honor.

The idea came after classmates read journal entries Kuchipudi had written just days before his passing, where he described his dream for a tutoring center.

The article quotes friend Mark Gorenstein as saying, "'His idea was for a non-profit center that would cater towards lower-class individuals who were underprivileged in a way that they could give back to the community.'"

Gorenstein added that the after-school tutoring center is run by members of the school's National Honor Society.

Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.

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