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Ala. teen among Ebony’s top seniors

MOBILE (AP) — Baker High School graduate Kimberly Nicole Nettles has been named one of the nation’s top high school seniors by Ebony magazine, the same honor her brother received five years ago.

Kimberly will be one of 20 seniors from across the country who will be honored in the magazine’s June issue for their academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements.

Nicholas Nettles, a Baker graduate, was also recognized in 2002 and recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ebony spokeswoman LaTrina Blair said magazine editors don’t know of any other siblings named top students in separate years. Students’ names are submitted to the magazine by their school counselors, Blair said.

“I was really shocked,” Kimberly said. “I grabbed my parents and showed them. I told my grandparents. I told people at school. I’ve told all of Mobile.”

Kimberly has been offered several scholarships, including a partial scholarship to Washington and a full Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship for Tulane. She plans to major in international business with hopes of one day working at the United Nations as a human rights advocate.

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