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Civil Air Patrol cadet receives prestigious Gen. Mitchell award

Amy McFerran, a senior at Sierra High, will have several choices to make in the coming months. She's been accepted to the US Naval Academy, the US Air Force Academy, the US Merchant Marine Academy,...

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POSTED February 12, 2009 4:54 a.m.
Last month, the City of Manteca honored Sierra High senior Amy McFerran.

The daughter of Saranya and Gene McFerran of Manteca was recognized for receiving the prestigious General Billy Mitchell Award.

Amy McFerran, 17, is involved in Sierra’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, earning the rank of cadet second lieutenant. She has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for the past year.

The award honors Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a former deputy chief of the Army Air Service. He was also a military aviation visionary.

McFerran along with the other cadets receiving the award were required to pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests while attending moral leadership training.

The Mitchell Award is achieved by only 15 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets.

As for McFerran, she’s an honor student, according to her mother, taking advance placement courses at Sierra. She currently has a 4.03 grade point average.

McFerran received several acceptance letters from colleges and academies, including the University of Syracuse, the US Air Force Academy, the US Naval Academy and the US Merchant Marine Academy.

“Amy has the next few months to make her decision,” Saranya McFerran said.

The Air Force Academy in Colorado, for example, is offering the younger McFerran a scholarship valued at $403,000.

“Your previous accomplishments indicate you have the potential to meet the demands and challenges of the Academy and you should be extremely proud of your appointment as only the best of the best are so honored,” according to the letter from Col. Chevalier P. Cleaves, director of admission.

McFerran has received similar type offers at the other academies and institutions, according to her mother.

“We’re very proud of Amy,” Saranya said.

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