The George Washington Carver Birthplace Association, is pleased to award the 2015-2016 George Washington Carver Academic Scholarship to Ms. Nicole Hitchcock from Carthage, Mo. Nicole graduated from Carthage High School, where she was a Leader in the United Way Club, the National Honor Society, and the Link Crew. She also won honorable mention in the Missouri Scholars 100 program, sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included ten “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of ten percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English, school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program. Nicole plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., where she will be majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry.