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2 Austin students honored in national academic award program

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Two Austin High School students are among 40 Alabama semifinalists in the 44th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program for academically talented black high school seniors.

Porsche Brown and Chasity Jackson are eligible as semifinalists to compete for about $2.5 million in scholarships awarded next spring.

Conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., the achievement program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964.

Semifinalists must advance to finalist level to earn consideration for scholarship awards.

Qualifications

Finalist requirements include:

  • A record of high academic performance through high school.

  • A school principal's endorsement.

  • Earning Scholastic Achievement Test scores that confirm performance on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

    Brown is the daughter of Robert and Roberta Brown.

    An International Baccalaureate Diploma Program student, she is in the chorus and the French Club.

    Jackson is the daughter of Randy and Leanette Jackson.

    She is in the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Family Community Career Leaders of America, Health Occupations Students of America, AlaCare and the marching band's color guard.

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