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The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named two Pinellas students winners of college-sponsored achievement scholarship awards. The scholars were selected from among finalists in the National Achievement Program who will attend the college or university financing the award.

Autumn T. Harrell, a 2003 graduate of the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, will attend Florida State University.

Myra L. Wilson, a 2003 graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High, will attend the University of Florida.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is conducted annually by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. to recognize outstanding African-American students.

The Public Service Education Foundation of Pinellas Park has awarded 11 local students a total of $10,000 in scholarship grants to help them with their post-high school education.

This year's scholarship recipients and the high schools they attended are Nicole Gladu, Gibbs High; Kelly Schwegel, Christine Schrader, Han Hoang Tran, Kim Hoang Thi Vo, Autumn Harris and Carleus Johnson, Pinellas Park High; Michael Ossola and Tony Ngoc Tran, Lakewood High; Elizabeth Brown, Dixie Hollins High; and Amanda Williams, Largo High.

Employees of the city of Pinellas Park created the Public Service Education Foundation to encourage students to explore employment opportunities in the public sector.

Rebecca Slicker, daughter of Linda and William Slicker of St. Petersburg, and a rising senior at St. Petersburg High School, was selected to attend a National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. She was among 400 students nationwide chosen to attend the conference, which was offered to young people who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit.

Scheduled during the 11-day conference were meetings with elected officials, political appointees and government representatives. The students heard welcoming remarks from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club.

They also participated in leadership skill-building activities, including a role play titled "If I Were President."

Adam Miller, son of Kathy and David Miller of Largo, earned two first-place trophies and national world titles in the 10- to 11-year-old division at the 2003 Blue Grass National World Karate Championships in Louisville, Ky.

The 10-year-old, who attends Oakhurst Elementary School, successfully competed in both traditional weapons and fighting divisions and won every fight he entered. He placed second in traditional forms, seventh in musical forms and ninth in musical weapons.

With his older brother, Jeremiah, he placed second in team forms against competitors 17 years old and under. Jeremiah also placed sixth in traditional weapons, seventh in musical weapons, eighth in musical forms, ninth in traditional forms and ninth in fighting.

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