Senior Moira MacCatherine becomes first ever Flinn finalist


Tyler Blandin

NHS president Moira MacCatherine has collected well over 400 service hours by volunteering in the community. Moira hopes to be a neonatal intensive care nurse and volunteering at hospitals is a step toward her future.

Senior Moira MacCatherine has become the first Perry student to ever make it to the final round for The Flinn Scholarship. The scholarship is a full ride to Arizona universities and includes study abroad opportunities as well as connections to Arizona business and community leaders. 

The scholarship is valued at over $120,000 and would be life-changing for any senior looking into university.

MacCatherine is the president of the National Honors Society and Women in STEM and is captain of the varsity POM team. She also volunteers at two separate hospital systems and has collected over 400 service hours. This kind of involvement in the community is more important than ever since hospitals have been overwhelmed. According to MacCatherine, she believes she was chosen because she “not only shows dedication to my school and extracurriculars but also shows strong leadership.”

According to English Teacher Cindy Pino, who runs NHS, MacCatherine was chosen for her participation in the community; “She’s everything Flinn looks for. Moira is a great student for Perry, Moira is a perfect president for National Honor Society, and Moira is a citizen of the community who helps the community.” This praise comes from one of two teachers who wrote MacCatherine’s letter of recommendation.

Flinn interviews the finalists in March and makes a public announcement in April or May. MacCatherine is the first finalist Perry has ever had, and for her to win would be a win for the whole school.