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Homestead senior Alison Mansfield is one of 52 Coca-Cola Scholars nationally

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

Homestead High School senior Alison Mansfield has been named one of the 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars, a prestigious national award including a $20,000 college scholarship.

Mansfield was one of 52 Coca-Cola Scholars selected from a group of 252 finalists brought together for the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend April 18-21 in Atlanta, a news release said. The finalists were selected from an initial applicant pool of more than 100,000 high school seniors from approximately 26,000 U.S. high schools.

Coca-Cola, which started the Scholars program in 1986, also named 200 finalists as regional winners, with each receiving a $10,000 college scholarship.

Mansfield and the other scholars are “part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” Claude Nielsen, chairman of the board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and president and chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Bottling United in Birmingham, Ala., said in the news release.

During the Scholars Weekend, the 2013 scholars were recognized at a banquet which included a keynote address by noted author and journalist Tom Brokaw, the news release said. Scholars also interviewed with a selection committee of education, business, government and arts leaders from across the country to determine their award amount.

In addition, they took part in seminars, toured Atlanta-area landmarks and helped with a community-service project in the city.