The WGD Division Leadership wishes to congratulate Oklahoman KF5IXE Cary McCachern as being a 2012 National Merit Finalist and an AXA Achiever!
With over 1.5 million original entries into the National Merit program, it was announced in February that Cary is one of only 15,000 to progress to the 2012 final round of selection. All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay. As a finalist, Cary is now in consideration for multiple scholarship opportunities provided by the National Merit program, corporate sponsorship and college sponsored funding.
Additionally, Carey is an AXA Achievement Scholar though the AXA Foundation (the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable). Carey was selected as one of fifty-two seniors–one from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and chosen from an applicant pool of 12,000 entrants. The selection was based upon academic excellence, as well as, his volunteer efforts serving as the emergency siren test coordinator in the city of Edmond. Carey coordinates forty people each month to physically go to tornado sirens throughout the city and make sure they are operational. Carey will receive a $10,000 scholarship and be mentioned in an upcoming issue of US News and World Reports.
Carey is an Extra Class Operator, an active member of the Edmond ARS, and is also an Eagle Scout.
Congratulations KF5IXE on your academic accomplishments!
(Submitted by Tim Duffy, K3LR)