Pacers Announce Winner of George Hill MVP Scholarship

Official Release | March 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers and George Hill have partnered with Herff Jones, IHSAA and NFHS to present the George Hill Most Valuable Person Scholarship, recognizing high school students for their academics, community service and leadership. This scholarship rewards students who symbolize the Pacers’ Core Purpose for Serving Community and highlights the Pacers Cares mission, focusing on education, service and health.

This year’s Grand Prize winner is Elizabeth Barringer of Pike High School. As the Grand Prize winner, she will receive a $5,000 scholarship to the accredited college of her choice, courtesy of Herff Jones; and a Pacers earring, bracelet and necklace set from the Herff Jones collection. The $5,000 scholarship winner was chosen from the finalists by representatives of Herff Jones.

The top 10 finalists were Christian Alspach, Senior, Roncalli High School; Claire Poindexter, Senior, Zionsville Community High School; Cole Crouch, Senior, Ben Davis High School; Jacob Fox, Senior, Alexandria Monroe High School; Tyler Barnes, Junior, Anderson Preparatory Academy; Brynn Olinger, Senior, Plainfield High School; Megan Broman, Senior, Plainfield High School; Mikala Hillis, Senior, Avon High School; Rachel Goodwin, Senior, Westfield High School; and Elizabeth Barringer, Senior, Pike High School. Over 300 applications were received and the finalists were selected and judged by PS&E and Levy Staff members, Pacers players George Hill and Sam Young, IHSAA representatives, NFHS representatives and Herff Jones representatives.

Finalists and guests received four suite tickets to the Pacers game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on March 22, on-court recognition during halftime of the game, front row seats to Pacers pregame warm-ups, special pregame meet and greet with Pacers player George Hill, an autographed George Hill jersey, a finalist plaque and commemorative photo.

Students that applied for the MVP scholarship were 10th-12th graders in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan or Shelby counties. Applicants had to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and at least 20 completed hours of active community service within the past 12 months. In addition, the students must display strong leadership qualities and submitted a 250-word essay based on the following topic:

How important is leadership and teamwork in making your community a better place to live, and in what ways have you demonstrated being an MVP in your community?

For more information on the George Hill MVP Scholarship presented by Herff Jones and in cooperation with IHSAA and NFHS, contact the Pacers Community Relations Department at (317) 917-2500.