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Ebony's Top Black High School Senior.

THE Top Black High School Seniors of 2003--a crop of future doctors, teachers, engineers, artists, writers, servicemen, research and computer scientists--have diligently remained on the straight path, despite all of the turbulence going on in the world. Collectively, these top seniors provide resounding proof that our Black youth are indeed destined for greatness.

* AARON COBBS of Omaha's Central High School is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. He plans to study engineering at the University of Chicago.

* KEVIN T. NEWSOME is the top-ranked student at William T. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Newsome, the captain of the varsity football team, plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, where he will major in economics.

* JULIET GIRARD of the William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City, N. J., is the winner of the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition for Math, Science and Technology, with a cash scholarship valued at $50,000. She plans to become a research scientist.

* NERLIE PIERRE, the top-ranked student of her class at Philadelphia's Frankford High School, was cited as the outstanding African-American student by the education committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The honor student is involved in volleyball, choir, drama, tennis and is on the yearbook staff.

* Twin sisters LAKESHIA & LAKETA ENTZMINGER are ranked in the top 5 percent of their class at the James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C. The twins are participants in the NASA Sharp+ research program, and are members of the National Honor Society. They will study biology and pre-medicine at Xavier University.

* JESSICA RILEY, top-ranked student at Atlanta's Henry W. Grady High School, is the 2003 Trumpet Award scholarship winner. Riley has been granted a full scholarship to Spelman. She plans to study computer science.

* CHIKA OKAFOR of Chicago's Whitney Young High School has a 4.9 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and is an Advanced Placement Scholar (with honors), a Principal's Scholar, Illinois State Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society.

* KERRY A. GODFREY ranks in the top 1 percent of her class at John F. Kennedy High School in New York. Godfrey is a Ventures Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students.

* STEPHANIE HAMMOCK is ranked in the top 2 percent of her class at the Oakland Technical High School in Oakland, Calif. Hammock is on the girls' track and field, and cheerleading teams. She has been recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students.

* CURRY CHEEK, the top-ranked student at Washington, D.C.'s Benjamin Banneker Academic Senior High School, is the recipient of the All-Star F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Award. Cheek will study electrical engineering at Harvard.

* With a 5.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) ASHLEY GARRISON is the top-ranked student at Chicago's Morgan Park High School, is an Illinois State Scholar, the winner of the Harvard Book Award and the Model United Nations' Best Speakers Award.

* HASANI TYUS is the top-ranked student at Detroit's Lewis Cass Technical High School. The future illustrator will further his studies at the University of Michigan. Tyus is a member of the National Art Honor Society and has won several statewide art competitions.

* JOHNETTA TOODLE of Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Ala., is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Thurgood Marshall Achievers Society and is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students.

* KENDRA ROSS is also the top-ranked student at Detroit's Lewis Cass Technical High school. She is an All-American Scholar, a tutor with the National Honor Society and has won a full-tuition scholarship to Howard University.

* ERIC C. THOMAS, the top-ranked student of the John Marshall High School in Cleveland, has been awarded a full scholarship to Ohio State University, where he will study computer engineering. The Bausch & Lomb Science Award winner is also a peer tutor.

* Valedictorian DENNIS JOSEPH EDWARDS of Baton Rouge's Broadmoor High School, is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a $250,000 scholarship under his belt. Edwards is the winner of three Superior Cadet awards, and the Bausch & Lomb honorary science award.

* OLUWAROTIMI OKUNADE is ranked in the top 3 percent of her class at Cincinnati's Walnut Hills High School. The National Merit Scholar is also recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar with distinction, and is a recipient of the Harvard Book Award.

* DONNA-LEE DESTOUCHE of the Boston Latin School was an award winner in the Latin and French national exam, does volunteer work with Teens Against Tobacco and Sisters Reach out to Stop Cancer, and completed the school's college prep curriculum with honors.

* PAUL BOONE of the Baltimore City College High School is a member of the National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Society, the National Honor Roll, and is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students.

* BREA BOND, salutatorian at the Nashville School of the Arts, is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students, and is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club and the Student Government Association.

* Newark, N.J., student AILEEN C. MACK of the University High School of the Humanities is the recipient of the Edward J. Bloustein governor's scholarship. She is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students, and is on the National Honor Roll.

* ARIAWNA CHRISTINE TALTON is the top-ranked student at the Lincoln Humanities Communications Magnet High School in Dallas. Talton is a two-time All-American Scholar and a three-time entry in the Who's Who Among American High School Students.

* Richmond, Va., student CICELY BULLOCK is the head of the senior class at the Thomas Jefferson High School. She is a member of the National Achievers Society, the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.

* COREY BENSON, an Academic All Star, is the valedictorian at Milwaukee's Washington High School, and has received several accolades including the Black Excellence Award. The football and track and field participant works in several community programs, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.

* LEONARD CURRY is the top-ranked student at Cleveland's East Tech Annex high school. He is on the National Honor Roll and is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students. He plans to become a scientific researcher.

* EBONE NICHOLE HATCHER is ranked in the top 5 percent of her class at the Memphis-area Wooddale High School. The All-American Scholar (and varsity cheerleader) is on the National Honor Roll, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

* Honor student JAIRA J. HARRINGTON of Chicago's Kenwood Academy is president of the National Honor Society, president of the concert choir and the immediate past winner of the Gertrude Johnson Williams Oratorical contest. Harrington will study political science at Talladega College.

* MICHAEL SANDS is recognized as an outstanding student in algebra II at Norfolk's Norview High School. Sands is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, and is active with the school's Piloteer Literary magazine.

* ALISA PICOT, the top-ranked student at-New Orleans' Marion Abramson Senior High School, has been recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students, is on the President's Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.

* Z'HRA GHAVAM, valedictorian of her class at Jim Hill High in Jackson, Miss., is a participant in the NASA Sharp+ Program, and the International Baccalaureate Program at her school. The future astrophysicist is a recipient of a $40,000 scholarship from the Florida Institute of Technology.

* ALECIA CAMPBELL, the top-ranked student at St. Louis' Soldan International Studies High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, a participant in the Academic Olympics and is the captain of the varsity tennis team. She will study biochemistry and plans to become a medical researcher.

* MARTINS MATTHEW, valedictorian of Detroit's Western International High School, serves as president of the National Honor Society and is vice president of the senior class. Matthew will study pre-medicine at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

* Honor student CATHLEEN STONE of the Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx in New York is president of the Arista National Honor Society and is a recipient of the Kodak Young Leaders Award and the New York Times scholarship.

* RODNEY D. THOMAS is ranked in the top 3 percent of the McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School in New Orleans, and is the recipient of a $148,000 scholarship to Harvard. Thomas plans to become a nurse anesthetist.

* JIMMEL T. WILLIAMS of the Overton High School in Memphis, Tenn., is the school's top-ranked student and has received numerous awards and honors in music. Williams will study pre-medicine.

* ASHLEY UPTON is class valedictorian of Houston's Forest Brook Senior High School and is a first-rate flautist. She is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Student Council and is recognized by Who's Who Among American High School Students.
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