The Morehead-Cain Foundation, which was the first merit scholarship program in the U.S., has named 57 Class of 2018 Morehead-Cain Scholars, who will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thirty-one of the scholars are from North Carolina, and 12 live in or near the Triangle. The scholars will receive full scholarships for four years of undergraduate study at UNC, along with four years of fully funded summer enrichment programs.
The local Morehead-Cain scholars are:
• Emma Astrike-Davis of Cary Academy in Cary. Emma is co-president of her school’s National Honor Society and a member of its cross country and track teams. She is the founder and president of Art for Hospice, which shares art made by young students with hospice centers. Emma is the daughter of Nancy Astrike and Joan Davis of Durham.
• Mary Grady Bell of Ravenscroft in Raleigh. Mary is a leader in student government, co-concertmaster of the orchestra and president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Mary also co-founded the Strategic Acts of Kindness Club. Mary Grady is the daughter of Mary Grady Bell and Vic Bell III of Raleigh.
• Sanjay Gadi of Raleigh Charter School in Raleigh. Sanjay is president of his senior class and the Key Club. He is a member of the honor council and the student legislative assembly. He also has a black belt in karate and has won five national titles. Sanjay is the son of Jagadish and Sashi Gadi in Raleigh.
• Christopher Guevara of Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. Christopher is a member of the Scholars’ Latino Initiative, president of the Beta Club and a co-founder of his school’s wrestling team. He also competes in regional, state and national business marketing competitions. Christopher is the son of Javier Guevara and Susana Zaragoza of Siler City.
• Hannah Hodge of Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill. She is president of her school’s Unity Club, a section leader in the orchestra and is on the softball team. Hannah is also a member of Youth Bridging Cultures. She is the daughter of Eric and Lauren Hodge of Chapel Hill.
• Elena Kovalik of Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill in Durham. Elena is captain of her school’s robotics team and vice president of the student council. She also practices karate. Elena is the daughter of Eugene and Isabel Kovalik of Durham.
• Mallory Lowe of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Mallory is president of her school’s Spectrum Club and a residential life assistant. She became the youngest female glider pilot in the state when she was 14. Mallory is the daughter of Georgia Mertel of Trinity.
• Cameron McNeill of Riverside High School in Durham. Cameron is the editor of his school newspaper and founder of the Making Volunteering Powerful Club. He is also president of his school’s National Honor Society. Cameron is a member of the lacrosse team and captain of the soccer team. He is the son of David and Diana McNeill of Durham.
• Elizabeth Nicholls of Raleigh Charter School in Raleigh. Elizabeth co-founded Act Packs, and is a member of the school’s basketball and soccer teams. She is also the cross country team’s captain. Elizabeth is the daughter of Marc and Kay Nicholls of Raleigh.
• Corey Risinger of East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill. Corey is editor of the school’s newspaper and president of the school’s Model United Nations. She is also involved with El Centro Hispano. Corey was selected for the N. C. Pottery Center’s student show. She is the daughter of Bradley Risinger and Carolyn Landever of Chapel Hill.
• Hannah Sloan of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Hannah is a member of the science olympiad and is a residential life assistant at the school. Hannah is also a swimmer and is on the school’s soccer and cross country teams. She is the daughter of Timothy and Kara Sloan of Trent Woods.
• Catherine Sullivan of Enloe High School in Raleigh. Catherine is student body president, lead marshal and a student representative on the school improvement team. She is also on the softball team. Katie is the daughter of Thomas Sullivan and Catherine Atchison of Raleigh.