McMahon named Commended Scholar
Henry Sibley student recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
Posted on 10/22/2015

Henry Sibley High School and School District 197 congratulate senior Cailin McMahon, who has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Of the 1.5 million entrants, nearly 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 of the qualifiers receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise, including McMahon.

Cailin was recognized by the District 197 School Board at their Oct. 5 meeting, along with National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Dominic Moog and Montgomery Fischer.


Cailin McMahonName: Cailin McMahon
Hometown: Inver Grove Heights
Other District 197 Schools attended: Mendota Elementary and Friendly Hills Middle School
Graduation Plans: Interested in pursuing genetics or medical research at the University of Minnesota, with the hopes of becoming a laboratory scientist. 

Cailin McMahon has taken advantage of the many educational and co-curricular opportunities offered at Henry Sibley, participating in a number of activities and enrolling in rigorous courses. During her time at Sibley, Cailin has been a member of the orchestra, volunteered through the Key Club, and served as a delegate in the Model United Nations program.

As a seventh grader and again as a sophomore, Cailin was a member of the Sibley gymnastics team. In grades 8 and 9, Cailin participated in a gymnastics club outside of school. A knee injury, however, has prevented her from continuing with gymnastics.

Cailin has taken several advanced courses at Sibley, including Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP United States History, and Spanish IV Concurrent Enrollment (CE). For her senior year, Cailin has enrolled in AP Physics, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology and Spanish V CE.

In addition to the National Merit commendation, Cailin has also been named an AP Scholar with Honor for her achievement on the AP exams in the spring of 2015.

Here’s what Cailin had to say in a recent interview:

District 197: What has been your favorite class at Henry Sibley
Cailin: I really enjoyed Biology and I’m also interested in languages. I have loved my Spanish classes with Mr. (Mark) Stewart and Mr. (Rob) Hanson. I also really enjoyed Advanced World Literature with Mr. (Glenn) Skov last year. 

Is there a book you’ve read, movie you’ve seen or piece of music you’ve listened to that has changed your way of thinking or inspired you?
In Mr. Skov’s Advanced World Literature class, every time we’d read a new piece of literature it was like a new piece of thinking for me. The discussions of the books we read really broadened my horizons.