University City

12 area students win Achievement awards

A dozen high school students from the Charlotte area have been named winners of Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

They are among about 800 national winners of the awards, given to top African-American high school seniors. The awards total more than $2 million and are financed by grants from 29 corporate and professional organizations.

Eight winners are from Mecklenburg County, with one each from Cabarrus, Iredell, Stanly and Union counties. There were no winners from S.C. counties in the Charlotte region.

This year’s Achievement Scholarship winners from the area:


Cabarrus County:

Nicole Hoffler, Cox Mill High (plans to study information technology).

Iredell County: Heaven Clark, Mooresville (orthopedic physical therapy).


Mecklenburg County:

Nathnael Abebe, Mallard Creek (electrical engineering); Essie Aseda Ghartey-Tagoe, Charlotte Latin (medicine); Kamaria Hardy, Cato Middle College (computer science); Kenneth Hunt, Ardrey Kell (business/engineering); Jordan McClenic, Cato Middle College (pharmacy); Jamie McGhee, Myers Park (international human rights law); Justin Perry, East Mecklenburg (photography); Branford Wilkins, East Mecklenburg (chemistry)


Stanly County:

Adelina Cato, North Stanly (surgical medicine).


Union County:

Shannon Atako, Monroe (elementary education).