Recent South Nodaway High School graduate Mitch Hilsabeck has been named one of only 150 state finalists nationwide by the National Honor Society's scholarship program.
Finalists were chosen from among more than 4,000 applicants and receive $1,000 each in merit-based financial assistance for college. The scholarship is awarded in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
"Over the years I have nominated many outstanding students for this honor, and Mitch is the first who has ever been selected," said South Nodaway Advisor Julie McConkey. "I'm so proud of him."
Drawn from National Honor Society chapters in all 50 states, finalists were selected on the basis of leadership skills, school and community service and participation in co-curricular activities.
"We are proud to recognize Mr. Hilsabeck for his outstanding achievements and contributions to his school," said NHS Associate Director David Cordts. "Students nominated for the NHS scholarship not only demonstrate academic excellence, but also extraordinary performance in service, leadership and character."
While at South Nodaway, Hilsabeck served as NHS president and president of the senior class. He also held the top student office in several other organizations, including Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council and History Club.
A student-athlete, he played football, basketball and baseball during his high school career in addition to belonging to the Scholar Bowl team. Other distinctions include attending the American Legion's Missouri Boys State program following his junior year.
Hilsabeck will begin college this fall at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he plans to major in agricultural engineering.
Established in 1946, the NHS scholarship program awards $200,000 each year. In addition to state finalists, awards go to state winners ($1,500), regional winners ($3,000) and the national award recipient, who receives $13,000.