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14 area students win National Achievement honors

Fourteen Charlotte-area high school students were named Wednesday as winners of National Achievement Scholarships, an award given annually to top African American 12th-graders across the country.

The scholarships are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and provide a total of more than $2 million in awards to college-bound minority students. There were about 800 winners this year, according to program sponsors.

The list includes two winners from Charlotte’s Harding University High School -- Victoria Davis, who plans to major in biology; and Andrew Vaughns, who is considering a mathematics major.

Here are the other winners from Mecklenburg County:

Chukwuma Eruchalu, Charlotte Latin, pediatric neurosurgery; Hassan Mason, Charlotte Country Day, physics; Janae Shaheed, Butler, medicine; Kaelyn Jhori Varner, Ardrey Kell, neurosurgery.

And the regional winners from outside Mecklenburg County:

Ebonee Collins, Kannapolis A.L. Brown, computer engineering; Brianna Foster, Gastonia Forestview, mechanical engineering; Trace Neal, Rock Hill, cardiology; Dana Salmon, Salisbury North Hills Christian, speech/language pathology; Jasmine Scheitler, Gastonia Highland Tech, marine biology; Shannon Snelgrove, Chester (S.C.), landscape architecture; Rebecca Thompson, Kershaw (S.C.) Andrew Jackson, biology; Mychaela Williams, Central Cabarrus, psychology.

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