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Oak Ridge seniors earn scholarships

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge seniors Will Findlay and Megan Watson will have a little financial help when they head off to college this fall. Findlay earned a $1,000 A. Dale Lacky scholarship and Watson, $600, named after the former Sac-Joaquin Section and state CIF president. Findlay was one of seven student-athletes to earn a $1,000 scholarship, while Watson was one of 41 $600 winners. Findlay and Watson filled out scholarship applications and winners were chosen on outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years in high school. “I was really excited to win,” Findlay said. “School costs a lot of money and this money will help. It’s nice to be recognized too.” Findlay has played basketball and been on the track and field team all four years of high school. He’s been an all-league basketball player for two years and last year set a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II meet record by high jumping 6 feet, 8 inches. He’s a member of the Interact Club and National Honor Society and also volunteers as a camp counselor for the Oak Ridge basketball camp, Walk for Education and the Pancake Cook-off. Findlay, who has a 4.26 grade-point-average, will attend Stanford University and hopes to go into the engineering field. He also plans to participate on the school’s track and field team. Watson has played softball all four years at Oak Ridge and played basketball as a freshman and sophomore. In the fall Watson helps out the Oak Ridge football team, keeping stats during practices and games, as well as calling in the scores to the media after the game. Watson also won the President’s Volunteer Service award and the Leadership for Service award for compiling more than 100 hours of service with youth softball clinics, school charity work and fundraising. She was also Oak Ridge’s representative at California Girls State and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Watson has a grade-point-average of 4.21 and will attend UC Davis where she plans to major in math. She hopes to some day be a teacher or possibly go into the field of athletic administration. “It’s definitely an honor to earn this scholarship,” Watson said. “They had a breakfast for the scholarship winners and it’s nice to be in a room with other successful student-athletes. It’s been hard to balance schoolwork with athletics and it’s nice to see it all come together and be rewarded for it.”