Mon, Aug 23, 2004
Navy Veteran Torran McCarthy Honored
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame announced today that a Naval
veteran who worked as an aviation electrician and who is now
studying for an A & P designation is the 2004 recipient of the
$1000 Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Carl Guell Memorial
Torran McCarthy, 29, of Milton
(WI)is a student in the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic program at
Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) in Janesville, WI. McCarthy
joined the Navy in 1998 as an aviation electrician. Though he
enjoyed his work, he realized electronics was just the tip of the
aviation iceberg, so he chose the A & P program to broaden his
knowledge and understanding of the aviation field. His ultimate
goal is to become an aeronautical engineer.
McCarthy is an active participant in the Aviation Club at BTC;
he holds the position of vice-president. He also hosts a study
group in his home, with an open-door policy for all students in the
field. While in the Navy, he spent time in the Honor Guard,
providing military burials to United States Veterans.
A hardworking student, McCarthy has a very positive attitude
towards learning. Blackhawk Instructor Richard Theis said of
McCarthy, "He is a highly motivated individual who not only
completes required projects and assignments but takes on additional
challenges as well." Fellow instructor James Stec agreed, saying,
"McCarthy is an exceptional student who brings a lot of real world
experience into the classroom."
"It's an honor to receive this scholarship. I'm sure there were
many qualified applicants. It's nice to win. Every bit helps, as
I'm going to school full-time," said McCarthy.
McCarthy said the scholarship would help fund his two-year
program at Blackhawk while enabling him to get into the workforce.
After graduating from BTC, he plans to attend classes on a
part-time basis to reach his goal of becoming an aeronautical
engineer. The scholarship will be awarded to McCarthy at the annual
Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Investiture Ceremony and Banquet on
November 6, 2004 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
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