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Pitman High student receives national scholarship
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The Association of Distinguished Americans announced that it has awarded a $4,000 scholarship to Omar Valencia of Pitman High School, a 2011 graduate. Valencia was one of 34 outstanding high school students in California.

Valencia was selected for the Horatio Alger California Scholarship because he persevered in overcoming adversity while succeeding academically, contributing to the community and exhibiting exemplary character.

“We are privileged to provide scholarships to the deserving students from California to attend college and achieve the American dream,” said Tony Novelly, president and chief executive officer of the Horatio Alger Association. “These students have overcome significant challenges in their lives and have become stronger, more determined people because of it.”

The state scholarships are made possible by Arthur A. Ciocca, who has sponsored the Horatio Alger scholarships for 10 years.

 In 2011, the programs are awarding more than 850 state scholarships to students throughout the country. This marks the first year that the state scholarships are assisting students in all 50 states.

To contact Jonathan McCorkell, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.