A native of Sanford has been commended for his work on teaching nuclear science

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The award was presented in December with a plaque and $1,000 that was presented to him at ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo, which took place in Washington D.C.

He has more than 27 years in the nuclear industry and is currently the Communications Coordinator for Southern Nuclear Company (SNC) at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. The programs he coordinates reach thousands of people each year through the Vogtle Energy Education Center, which facilitates programs at the education center, off-site and online. His programs are geared to spark and enhance people’s interest in science at varying levels.

Julianne McCracken, Michael McCracken’s mother, has nothing but pride when it comes to her son’s achievement.

The programs he puts on vary from four and two-year universities, technical schools and from high school, elementary and those that are schooled at home. Along with the varying programs at educational level his programs have been used internationally by students from China, Japan, Canada and South Korea.

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  • Recently, Michael McCracken, 57, was selected as one of two recipients of the 2021 American Nuclear Society(ANS) Landis Public Communication and Education Award. He was selected from a committee of his peers and professionals.

  • McCracken was born and raised in Sanford and attended Lee County High School. After high school he attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in science education.

“He’s in communications and does newspaper, radio interviews and teaching,” she said with pride.

She worked in Sanford the majority of her career as a teacher. Often she has a hard time just using the internet, but wanted to use it to make as many people about her son’s accomplishments.

She said she’s proud of the accomplishments her son has made as well as her second son, Pat McCracken, who is a member of the Lee County Board of Education.