The Hickory Chapter of Trout Unlimited is honored to award 2 new schools with the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) projects for the 2017-2018 academic school year. The chapter also renewed River Bend Middle School’s application for TIC. The new schools added were West Alexander Middle School and University Christian High School. Teacher Derek Chase from UCH and Ryan Rowe from WAMS submitted applications to Hickory TU in June. The Board approved the applications and purchased chiller aquariums for the two newly approved schools. On Thursday, TIC Chair, Cathy Starnes drove to the Marion Hatchery and transported approximately 160 trout eggs to each school. The children at all 3 locations anxiously awaited the delivery. Cathy Starnes also serves on the Catawba County Board of Education. The photos attached show each schools new banner, also provided by Hickory TU. The trout raised by all 3 schools will be released into local streams in March 2018.