A New York area teen is being recognized as a true superstar. The senior from School of the Future High School has been named as a 2007 Coca-Cola Scholar not just for academic achievement, but also for outstanding leadership in school and in the community. Out of 89-thousand applicants nation-wide, she is one of only 250 finalists receiving this coveted award. And the competition isn’t over yet! Natasha speaks to us from Atlanta where other finalists are gathered for final interviews to determine just how much money they’ll receive. She joins us with Angela Harrell, Creative Director of Coca Cola Executive Communications. The best and brightest of America’s high school seniors will start college next fall with the help of their local Coca-Cola Bottler and The Coca-Cola Company. Tow hundred and fifty students were selected as scholarship finalists from a field of more than 2,100 semifinalists (and 87,000 + original applicants) by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation based on academic excellence, school, and community extracurricular activities. The 250 high school seniors were selected from 26,000 high schools nationwide to compete for the cash scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scolars Foundation. On April 12, the finalists traveled to Atlanta, the headquarters for The Coca-Cola Company, to compete for 50 four-year college scholarships of $20,00 and 200 four-year scholarships of $10,000. Over the four-day period, the finalists interviewed with a National Selection Committee, toured Atlanta landmarks, went to an Atlanta Braves game, met with formere Coca-Cola Scholars, and participated in a range of activities including a community service project. Additionally, the 2007 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars will be recognized at a banquet hosted by Coca-Cola, educators, local dignitaries, and friends of the Scholars Foundation. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is one of the most recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in America. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrows leader through college scholarships. With the Class of 2007 Scholars, more than 3,750 young scholars nationwide have benefited from $32 million that the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation has provided. Natasha is one of the top students in her senior class at the School of the Future, a small high school in the heart of New York City. There she has received numerous academic awards for her literary talent, but is best known for her young entrepreneurial skills. When Natasha wanted an after school job when she was 14, she was turned away because she was too young. Undeterred, she started her own business, BliNg-BliNg Discount Fashion Jewelry and sells affordable, trendy accessories at street fairs and college campuses. Her entrepreneurial skills have landed her the 2005 Girls Going Places award, the Merrill Lynch Growing Up CEO award and also a 2007 Horatio Alger Scholarship. She took her skills with jewelry and created The Pearl Project to benefit Dress for Success, and organization that helps women back into the work force. For the Pearl Project, she sold 5,000 necklaces to raise $35,000 for Dress for Success. With the 2007 class of Scholars, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have awarded $32 -Million-dollars in scholarships. If you or someone you know is interested in being a Coca Cola Scholar you can find out more by logging on to: http://www.coca-colascholars.org
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