Seven students from the Charlotte region, including four from Mecklenburg County, are among 48 winners of this year’s Morehead-Cain Scholarships from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The Morehead-Cain awards, established in 1945, cover all expenses for four years’ schooling at UNC, plus summer enrichment experiences that include an outdoor leadership course, public service, research and experience in private enterprise.
The awards are given on the basis of academic and athletic achievement, plus leadership skills and community service.
This year’s group of winners includes 23 students from North Carolina high schools, 17 others from out-of-state U.S. schools, three each from Canada and Great Britain, and one each from Kenya and Italy.
Winners from the Charlotte region:
• Emily Catherine Perry, of Hickory High School. Daughter of John and Jackie Perry of Hickory. Dances ballet with the North Carolina Dance Theatre; started a home business selling cupcakes to raise money and provide scholarships for young ballet students.
• Robert Morris Gourley, of South Iredell High School. Son of Robert Gourley Jr. and Heather Griffin of Mooresville. Interested in physics and is an aspiring astronaut. Took second- and third-place awards in an international science competition; is first-chair trumpet player at school; played varsity football.
• Anthony Michael Asher, of Providence Day School. Son of Gillian and Anthony Asher of Charlotte. Tutors in the Best Buddies program; plays varsity lacrosse; shadows neurosurgeons at a local clinic.
• Eryn Rachel Ratcliffe, of Charlotte Country Day School. Daughter of Patti and David Ratcliffe of Charlotte. President of National Art Honor Society; is active with the school’s theatrical productions; plays varsity lacrosse and tennis.
• John Wilson Sink, of Myers Park High School. Son of Caroline and Robert Sink of Charlotte. Co-captain of the school’s rowing team; an Eagle Scout; served as an intern with the Democratic National Committee last year.
• Morgan Elizabeth Zemaitis, of Mallard Creek High School. Daughter of Kathleen and John Zemaitis of Charlotte. Student body president and yearbook editor; started the women’s golf team at school and is captain; lived and worked in Jamaica with Won by One Jamaica, building houses for those in need.
• Morgan James Howell, of N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Son of Gina and Frank Howell of Norwood. Conducted genetic research at Duke University; was an all-conference wrestler; participates in Mock Trial events.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107.
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