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
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.”
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.