The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

May 11, 2012

JHS student named National Merit Scholar

Joplin High School senior Derek Carter has been named a National Merit Scholar.

For Carter, the honor will mean most of his education at the University of Alabama will be paid for through scholarships from the university.

“My family and I are extremely excited,” Carter said. “This is never really something I expected to win.”

Carter and two other Joplin High seniors, Siri Ancha and Michelle Barchak, were among 15,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists this year.

Carter plans to study business at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. That city, like Joplin, was ravaged by a tornado last year. He thinks his personal essays about his experiences as a Joplin student helped him stand out to the selection committee.

“In one of the essays, I wrote about what the last year has been like since the tornado, how senior year is different and how it’s been difficult to continue my standard of school in the last year,” Carter said. “I think that might have been something that stood out and made them see me as an actual person, and not just another essay that they’re reading.”

Throughout his time at Joplin High, Carter has participated in varsity tennis and Constitution Team, and was president of both the Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society chapters at the school. Carter said he hopes to continue involvement in the college’s chapter of FBLA. He also plans to continue playing tennis through intramurals and clubs.

Several factors led to the honor, he said, including the teachers at JHS.

“I had a lot of teachers over the last four years that have really helped prepare me for this,” Carter said. “In order to become a scholar you have to do well in a lot of areas, not just testing well, but writing essays and being a well-rounded student in everything. JHS has been great in preparing me for this.”

Carter said the university actively recruited him, including frequently calling him and sending him a birthday card.

“Alabama will have a lot of opportunities for me,” Carter said. “I was just very impressed, and think I’ll be happy there.”

Scholarships

As a National Merit Scholar, Derek Carter is one of 8,300 students who will receive corporate-sponsored, college-sponsored and National Merit $2,500 scholarships.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • r072814dogbike.jpg Cross-country trip promotes animal adoption

    Where’s Bixby? Not the town in Oklahoma, but the dog on the back of a bicycle ridden by Mike Minnick. On Monday, the two were in Joplin, one stop on a cross-country bike trip to promote the adoption of dogs and cats from local shelters.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4.3 magnitude quake reported in northern Oklahoma

    The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck northern Oklahoma on Monday night.

    July 29, 2014

  • Update: 4 workers injured in SE Kansas oil refinery fire

    A Texas company says four workers at a southeast Kansas oil refinery were burned in an early morning fire.

    July 29, 2014

  • Seneca man draws concurrent term in sexual abuse case

    A 39-year-old man who sexually abused a girl over a four-year period in both Joplin and Seneca received a 15-year sentence Monday in Newton County that will run concurrently with a term he received earlier this year in Jasper County.

    July 28, 2014

  • Judge lifts seal on records in Parsons quadruple slaying

    A judge has rescinded his order sealing court records in the case of David Bennett Jr., who is accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children.

    July 28, 2014

  • Defendant who pulled knife on ER doctor sent for treatment

    A man accused of pulling a knife on a Freeman Hospital West emergency room doctor pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday and was sentenced to the state prison system’s Institutional Treatment Center.

    July 28, 2014

  • Wal-Mart to build second local Neighborhood Market

    A second Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store is planned for Joplin. The company has filed an application with the city to rezone nearly six acres of land on the west side of town in the tornado zone to build a new Neighborhood Market and gas station.

    July 28, 2014

  • r072814mailcar.jpg VIDEO: Train mail car trailered on Joplin's Main Street to Redings Mill

    With a police escort leading the way Monday, postal car No. 34 breezed through downtown Joplin en route to its new home in Redings Mill, where it was greeted by a welcome party of local residents and railroad enthusiasts.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Anti-landfill group seeks grand jury probe

    As more than 200 people filed into Riverton High School on Sunday to attend an anti-landfill group meeting, many stopped to sign a petition asking the Cherokee County District Court to summon a grand jury to investigate how land was acquired by the city of Galena for a proposed landfill.

    July 27, 2014

  • 072814_jd anderson.jpg VIDEO: Noel strongman advances on talent show

    The past week has been busier than normal for Noel resident J.D. Anderson. Members of the production crew for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” told him they have shot more footage of him than of other contestants for the next episode. “They said I have the busiest schedule of anyone this week,” Anderson told the Globe in a phone interview Friday. “There’s so many fun things you can do with B-roll as a strongman.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter