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ASD student named National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist

East High School senior Temitayo Ajayi was named a semifinalist in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship program. Ajayi, along with 1,600 high school seniors nationwide, will compete for 800 achievement scholarships worth more than $2.5 million.

The National Achievement Scholarship program was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students. The scholarship program is operated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an exemplary academic record, receive an endorsement by the school principal and score well on the SAT. Each semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application which includes a self-descriptive essay and information about the student's participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Scholarship winners will be announced in April. For more information on the National Achievement Scholarship Program, log on to www.nationalmerit.org.

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