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Community Digest

Southeast Area : 2 Local Youths Win $2,000 National Merit Scholarships

April 15, 1993

Two area youths are among about 800 black high school students nationwide to win college scholarships as part of an annual competition to recognize outstanding African-American students.

Angela J. Porter, a senior at Cerritos High School, and Agyeman S. Boating, a senior at Paramount High, each will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., an Illinois-based nonprofit corporation that administers testing and scholarship programs.

Porter said she hopes to pursue a career in marketing, while Boating is interested in computer engineering.

To become eligible for the awards, students took standardized achievement tests. The top 1,500 scorers on the tests became semifinalists. The winners were chosen based on their test scores, grades, extracurricular activities and recommendations from their school's principal.

More than 90,000 African-American youths were tested for the scholarships in 1991. Winners received a total of about $3 million in scholarship awards from donors such as nonprofit groups, corporations and colleges.

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