CHAPEL HILL — The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the oldest, most prestigious merit scholarship program in the United States, has named 48 new Class of 2017 Morehead-Cain Scholars – nine from the Triangle area – who will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In addition to covering all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC, Morehead-Cain features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences.
Among area students named to the honor were:
• Kristen Marie Gardner of Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh. Kristen is the co-captain of Broughton’s cross-country and track teams and the vice president of Model United Nations. She is the daughter of Jerome and Marie Gardner of Raleigh.
• Anita Simha of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Anita is the NCSSM student body president and a traditional Indian dancer. She is the daughter of Babu Simha of Cary and Chitra Murthy of Cary.
• Caroline Aunspaugh Woronoff from Cary Academy in Cary, where she serves as student council president and is co-founder of the school’s chapter of Students for Gender Equality. She also plays varsity soccer. She is the daughter of Robert and Diane Woronoff of Raleigh.
• Diane Nicole Thompson from Northwood High School in Pittsboro. Diane served two terms as Northwood’s student body president and is the goalie of the varsity soccer team. She is the daughter of Michael and Robin Thompson of Chapel Hill.
• Morgan James Howell of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. As a high school student, Morgan completed his own genetic research project at Duke University and was an international finalist in the high school genetic engineering competition. He is the son of Frank and Gina Howell of Norwood.
• Nicholas Torquil MacLeod of Carolina Friends School in Durham. He is the captain of the soccer team and started on a premier-level club team. Nick is the son of David and Jackie MacLeod of Durham.
• Norman Trevor Archer of Chapel Hill High School. Norman is a state-champion Ultimate Frisbee player and co-president of his school’s a cappella group, the Beau Brummels. He is the son of Trevor and Janet Archer of Chapel Hill.
• Christopher Chen Reeder of Chapel Hill High School. He is president of the Key Club, co-editor of the school paper, and a volunteer at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. He is the son of Bennett Stewart and Sue Chen of Chapel Hill.
• Meera Caroline Ravi of Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville. Meera plays varsity lacrosse, dances with the Greenville Civic Ballet and plays with the community orchestra. She is the daughter of M. S. Ravi of Greenville.