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El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Tony Burns Sports Ed­i­tor

El Do­rado grad­u­ate, McCall, earns ac­co­lades.

Megan McCall, a 2017 grad­u­ate at El Do­rado, will ride a wave of mo­men­tum into her up­com­ing fresh­man year at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas. McCall, a cheer­leader and track ath­lete in high school, re­cently was named the 2017 Sec­tion 6 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent by the Na­tional In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic Ad­min­is­tra­tors As­so­ci­a­tion.

McCall was named the NIAAA Arkansas Fe­male Scholar Ath­lete be­fore earn­ing the Sec­tion 6 honor, which in­cludes win­ners from Arkansas, Ok­la­homa, Colorado, New Mex­ico and Texas.

“It’s a great honor for me to win this awards be­cause I know not many peo­ple have a chance to win,” said McCall. “And, it gives me a lot of schol­ar­ships to make it eas­ier for me to at­tend the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas.”

McCall grad­u­ated with a 4.33 grade point av­er­age, rank­ing sec­ond out of a class of 309 stu­dents at El Do­rado. She scored a 32 on her ACT. She was also a three-year let­ter­man in cheer­lead­ing and track. She earned All-Con­fer­ence in track and field, com­pet­ing in the 300 hur­dles, 100 hur­dles and on the 4x400

re­lay.

Although she said her ath­letic ca­reer is over, McCall was proud of her ac­com­plish­ments as a scholar-ath­lete.

“It’s very tough be­cause you have to man­age both of them,” she said. “You don’t want to be bad at one and good at the other. You have to main­tain both and ded­i­cate time to both of them.”

McCall, the daugh­ter of Sean and Tammy McCall, plans to study bi­ol­ogy at UCA and hopes to at­tend pre-med and be­come an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon.

As the NIAAA Sec­tion win­ner, she was awarded a $1,500 schol­ar­ship and is one of eight fe­males in the run­ning for the Na­tional award and a $2,500 schol­ar­ship. The na­tional win­ner will be an­nounced in De­cem­ber at a con­fer­ence in Phoenix.

“I’m very ex­cited be­cause that means I’ll only have to go up against seven other peo­ple. The odds are a lot bet­ter,” McCall said with a laugh.

McCall was nom­i­nated by El Do­rado ath­letic di­rec­tor Phillip Lans­dell. In ad­di­tion to meet­ing sev­eral cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing be­ing a two-sport let­ter­man, a min­i­mum B-plus av­er­age and rank­ing in the top 25 per­cent of her class, she had to write an es­say on, “How High School Ath­let­ics Has Im­pacted My Life.”

“I want to thank Mr. Lans­dell for sub­mit­ting it for me and all the coaches for their hard work and the time they ded­i­cated to make me be able to even be el­i­gi­ble. And, my par­ents for mak­ing me study,” she said with a smile and nod to­ward her mother. “I didn’t re­ally have a choice in that. They kind of made me.”

Ter­rance Arm­stard/News-Times

Scholar Ath­lete: El Do­rado ath­letic di­rec­tor Phillip Lans­dell presents awards to Megan McCall, who won the NIAAA Arkansas Fe­male Scholar Ath­lete Award and was also the NIAAA Sec­tion 6 Scholar-Ath­lete win­ner. McCall, who grad­u­ated in May with a 4.33 grade point av­er­age and com­peted in track and cheer­lead­ing at El Do­rado, is a fi­nal­ist for the NIAAA Na­tional Fe­male Scholar-Ath­lete award, which will be se­lected in De­cem­ber.

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