University of South Carolina

University announces 2010 McNair Scholars

Twenty-one McNair Scholars, the recipients of the University of South Carolina’s top academic scholarship for out-of-state students, and two McNair Scholar Finalists will be among the new freshmen on campus this year. McNair Scholars are awarded a $15,000 annual scholarship and in-state tuition rates.

McNair Scholar Finalists are awarded an $11,000 annual scholarship and in-state tuition rates. The McNair Scholarship program was established in 1998 from a gift of $30 million from USC Alumnus Robert C. McNair and his wife Janice.

The 2010 McNair Scholars: Timothy Westbrook Barnhill of Cypress, Texas; Matthew Bruce Barragan of Fayetteville, N.C.; Salem Louisa Carriker of Huntersville, N.C.; Chance Tyler Cockrell of Julian, N.C.; Cameron McKinley Cox of Richmond, Va.; Brendan Phillip Croom of Louisville, Ky.; Megan Elizabeth Early of Charlotte, N.C.; Sarah Katherine Ellis of Clemmons, N.C.; Elizabeth Rose Farmer of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rachael Lauren Foust of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Sally Eliza Harrill of Bostic, N.C.; Bradley Michael Harris of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Kathryn Kingsmore of Charlotte, N.C.; Gerry Lynn Koons of Wayne, Pa.; Jacob Taylor LeGrone of Pineville, N.C.; Clara Mary Sue Logue of Jefferson, Ga.; Lauren Noel Marsh of Ellicott City, Md.; Devin Marie Pascoe of Jacksonville, Fla.; Elizabeth Ann Sinclair of St. Louis, Mo.; Alexandra Anne Turgeon of Andover, Conn.; and Lucas Paul Wachsmuth of Kingston, Ga.

The 2010 McNair Finalists are Tyler Daniel Alion and Amy Joy Yanicak of Charlotte, N.C.

Tim Barnhill, son of John and Nancy Barnhill of Cypress, Texas, is a graduate of Cypress Woods High School where he was an Eagle Scout, vice president of the National Honor Society, member of the Key Club, TMEA Texas 5A All-State Band (French horn), and drum major. Barnhill plans to study chemical engineering.

Matt Barragan, son of Frank and Gaye Barragan of Fayetteville, N.C., is a graduate of Terry Sanford High School, where he was involved in student government for three years, and played on the varsity golf team. He was president of the Interclub Council, vice president of Key Club, chairman of Literacy Project, AP Scholar with honors, Joel Fleishman Service Award winner and Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award winner. Barragan intends to major in engineering.

Salem Carriker, daughter of Phillip and Mary Carriker of Huntersville, N.C., is a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Science Olympiad and was secretary of the Key Club. She played soccer and the viola, was involved in church and youth-group activities and volunteered at a local free clinic and at Discovery Place. Carriker plans to study anthropology and biology.

Cockrell, son of Andy and Keven Cockrell of Julian, N.C., is a graduate of Southeast Guilford High School, where he was valedictorian, National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction and president of the Student Government Association, Junior Civitans, the National Honor Society and the Yoga Club. Cockrell plans to study marine science and film.

Cameron Cox, son of William and Mary Cox of Richmond, Va., is a graduate of Douglas Freeman High School, where he was a National Merit finalist, principal’s scholar, superintendent’s scholar, secretary of the Key Club and ESL tutor and volunteered for Refugee and Immigration Services and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Cox plans on majoring in international studies.

Brendan Croom, son of Phillip Croom and Sharon Sengelaub of Louisville, Ky., is a graduate of DuPont Manual High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Academic WorldQuest, national champion and Eagle Scout and received seven letters as captain of cross country and track and field. Croom plans on studying mechanical engineering and Spanish.

Megan Early, daughter of John and Michele Early of Charlotte, N.C., is a graduate of Myers Park High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. A two-time winner of the Mustang Award, she was co-captain of the tennis team, three-time varsity tennis letterman and a member of the state championship tennis team. Early plans to pursue a degree in international business.

Sarah Ellis, daughter of Mark and Kelly Ellis of Clemmons, N.C., is a graduate of West Forsyth High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Anchor Club, vice president of the art club, co-editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and weekly columnist for the Clemmons Courier. Ellis plans to study journalism.

Elizabeth Farmer, daughter of John and Carolyn Farmer of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a graduate of Anderson High School. She was a National Merit Scholar and member of the Cum Laude Society, National Latin Honor Society and National Honor Society. A member of the swim team, she was winner of the top scholar-athlete award. She attended the Ohio Summer Honors Institute and participated in the Ohio Math League. Farmer has not declared major.

Rachael Foust, daughter of John and Rebecca Foust of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and chaired the Youth Advisory Board of Oak Ridge. She was a member of the International Relations Club, a delegate to Model UN, a delegate and presenter at the National League of Cities and a member of the varsity tennis team and ski club. She was a member of the National French Horn Honor Society and played in the school orchestra and sang in the First United Methodist Church Youth Choir. Foust is undecided on a major.

Sally Harrill, daughter of Mitch and Julie Harrill of Bostic, N.C., is a graduate of East Rutherford High School. She was senior class president and member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Anchor Club. She was an all-conference softball player for three years and was MVP of her volleyball team. Harrill plans to major in psychology.

Brad Harris, son of Richard and Susan Harris of Rehoboth Beach, Del., is a graduate of Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society. He was named AP Scholar with Distinction and was county winner for the University of Maryland math competition. He was team captain of the lacrosse team and soccer team and was involved in Young Life. Harris intends to study mechanical engineering.

Kathryn Kingsmore, daughter of Robert and Carol Kingsmore of Charlotte, N.C., is a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School. She was co-valedictorian and president of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She was vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and member of the Beta Club, Key Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. She was co-captain of the varsity soccer team and named Athlete of the Year by the Charlotte Observer. Kingsmore plans on studying electrical and biomedical engineering.

Gerry Koons, daughter of Robert and Nancy Koons of Wayne, Pa., is a graduate of Radnor High School. She was valedictorian, National Merit Finalist, president of the National Honor Society and captain of the Math Club and Physics Olympics. She is a National German Exam award winner and a lead guitarist and composer for an all-girl rock band. Koons plans on majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in German.

Jacob LeGrone, son of Durall and Mary LeGrone of Charlotte, N.C., is a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School. He is an Eagle Scout and attended the North Carolina Governor’s School in natural science. An AP Scholar with distinction, he played in the N.C. All-State Band, the N.C. All-State Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble and Bugles Across America. He plans on studying pre-med.

Clara Logue, daughter of Paul Logue and Nancy Solie of Jefferson, Ga., is a graduate of Jefferson High School. A National Merit Finalist and STAR student, she was a member of the Jefferson Academic Bowl, Athens and Emory Youth symphonies and photo club. Logue plans to major in music performance in viola.

Noel Marsh, daughter of Bill and Rossana Marsh of Ellicott City, Md., is a graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. A National Hispanic Scholar and AP Scholar with Honor, she was a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Semi-finalist and member of the National Honor Society. She has appeared on the principal’s honor roll for three years and was a two-year recipient of the English department award. She was a member of the wind ensemble and captain of her high school dance company. Marsh plans to major in English.

Devin Pascoe, daughter of Greg and Beverly Pascoe of Jacksonville, Fla., is a graduate of Stanton College Prep. She was a National Merit finalist and a member of the varsity lacrosse team. Pascoe plans to major in advertising.

Elizabeth Sinclair, daughter of Daniel and Mary Sinclair of St. Louis, Mo., is a graduate of Cor Jesu Academy. She was a member of the National Honor Society and recipient of high honors all four years. She was class vice-president for two years and class president for two years. She captained the varsity basketball team and soccer team for two years. Sinclair plans to major in business.

Allie Turgeon, daughter of Peter and Lisa Turgeon of Andover, Conn., is a graduate of Rham High School. A National Merit commended student and AP scholar, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and varsity track and field team. She performed mission work in Costa Rica and Mexico and had her work published in two magazines, Teen Ink and Reptiles. Turgeon plans on studying biology, Spanish and Italian.

Luke Wachsmuth, son of Paul and Rhonda Wachsmuth of Kingston, Ga., is a graduate of Cartersville High School, where he was valedictorian, National Merit Scholar, AP scholar with honor, student body president and captain of the swim team. Wachsmuth plans on majoring in biology and international relations.

Tyler Alion, son of Dan and Lu Anne Alion of Charlotte, N.C., is a graduate of Providence High School, where he was president of the Tri-M Honors Society and horn line captain of the marching band. Alion plans on majoring in physics and music.

Amy Yanicak, daughter of Michael and Mary-Joy Yanicak of Charlotte, N.C., is a graduate of Ardrey Kell High School, where she was member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She was secretary of the Tri-M music honor society and the culinary club and a member of the Latin club. She captained the marching band and was first chair alto saxophone the wind ensemble and jazz band. She was a member of the chamber choir and was awarded in outstanding musicianship award. She also volunteered with the YMCA and Special Olympics. Yanicak plans on majoring in pharmacy.

By Office of Media Relations

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