Molly Karcher from W.T. Clark High School in Westbury has been honored as the "News 12 Long Island/Citibank Scholar Athlete of the Week," an award that recognizes significant achievements in the classroom, as well as on the playing field.
Karcher is an all-state bowler and is all-conference in volleyball and softball. She's also an all-state bass clarinet player in the school's marching band. She says the secret to her success is staying busy. She has a 94 unweighted average and scored 2110 on her SATs. She will be the valedictorian this year.
Throughout the school year News 12 Long Island and Citibank "Scholar Athlete" segments appear every Monday beginning on News 12 Long Island's 5 p.m. newscast. These popular segments, which highlight the area's top student athletes, have been a regular part of the News 12 Long Island evening newscast for more than 10 years. The students who are selected are at the top of their class academically, and many participate and excel in more than one sport in their high schools.
Athletic Directors at each local school are given the opportunity to nominate any potential "Scholar Athletes," and they or another school representative may submit that nomination for the student to become a "News 12 Long Island/Citibank Scholar Athlete of the Week" At the end of the school year, all of the honored students and their athletic directors are invited to a commemorative dinner where three will be chosen to receive scholarships totaling $6000. News 12 Long Island and the participating scholar athlete sponsors have awarded more than $25,000 in scholarship money.
"Molly Karcher represents the high levels of academic and athletic achievement that are hallmarks of the News 12 and Citibank Scholar Athlete program," said Pat Dolan, president of News 12 Networks and news director for News 12 Long Island. "We congratulate Molly, her family and Clark High School for earning this recognition and we wish her continued success this school year and in all his future endeavors."