The Morehead-Cain Foundation, the first merit scholarship program in the U.S., has named 67 Class of 2020 Morehead-Cain Scholars, who will attend UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill, including summer enrichment experiences.
The new class includes 35 scholars from North Carolina. Seven recipients were named from Wake County:
▪ Wynn Alexandra Burrus will graduate from Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, where she founded Bigger Than You, a program that provides service opportunities to special needs students. She also created the philanthropy chair position for her school’s student government, is captain of the tennis team, and helped start Special Needs Dances for students across Wake County. She is interested in business and computer science. She is the daughter of Erik and Beth Burrus of Raleigh.
Kevin Weiguang Cao will graduate from Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, where he serves on student council as the vice president of governing procedures. He is an active member of the Technology Students Association and the Key Club, and runs track and cross-country. He also taught himself how to produce and mix electronic music. His academic interests include economics and business. He is the son of Lei Cao and Ming Chen of Morrisville.
Cameron Alexander Champion will graduate from Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, where he is co-chair of Broughton CAPS, a club that helps provide support for students to take part in athletics. He is on the cross-country team and founded the Broughton Photography Club. He is also a juggler, competing at the World Busker’s Festival in New Zealand. His academic interests include biomedical engineering, science and environmental studies. He is the son of Casey Champion and Nancy Clayton of Raleigh.
Sandra Shawen Conway will graduate from Saint David’s School in Raleigh, where as service prefect, she has organized school-wide projects including a school service day. She is also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, an officer of the Saint David’s chapter of the National Honor Society, and captain of the volleyball team. Her academic interests include literature and philosophy. She is the daughter of Page and Paul Conway Jr. of Raleigh.
Vince Ellington Friedman will graduate from Jesse O. Sanderson High School in Raleigh, where he is vice president of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity basketball team. He is also an Eagle Scout and instructor, teaching first aid, backpacking and camping to younger scouts. He enjoys learning about chemistry and wilderness medicine. He is the son of Kathryn Friedman and the late Jerome Friedman of Raleigh.
Rishika Reddy will graduate from Green Hope High School in Cary, where she is student body vice president, helping manage and plan school events. She is also the president of the Green Hope STEM Club, captain of the varsity cross-country team and a volunteer at Rex Healthcare and Duke University Hospital. Reddy’s academic interests include biomedical science and psychology. She is the daughter of Kiran and Sneha Reddy of Cary.
Mihir Kamlesh Shah will graduate from Panther Creek High School in Cary, where he serves as president of the marching band, leading and conducting more than 200 students during rehearsals and performances. He is also a volunteer and junior leader at UNC Hospitals and a local representative for the Young Jains of America, planning retreats and local service-based events. His academic interests include U.S. history, government and statistics. He is the son of Kamlesh and Jyoti Shah of Cary.
Recipients from Durham and Orange counties will be profiled next week in Thumbs Up.