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Local high schooler is Pacific Military Youth of the Year finalist

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A member of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Youth programs has qualified as a 2013-2014 Pacific Military Youth of the Year finalist.

Daj'zhane Radford-Walton, a Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan senior, was recognized and received an $11,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation and $5,000 from Taco Bell at a celebration dinner in Huntington Beach, Calif. in July.

She was given a finalist title by demonstrating how she has achieved academic success despite personal obstacles, according to a news release.

Radford-Walton maintained her grades, participated in extra-curricular activities such as marching band and track and field, all while taking responsibility for her younger sister through multiple parental deployments.

"Daj'zhane is a remarkable young lady and a really great role model for all of us", Principal Peggy Fontenot said in a news release. "She plans to attend the U of A and wants to become a doctor. I have no doubt she will be successful."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year is the highest honor a club member can achieve, according to the release.

Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is a public charter school for sixth through twelfth graders, located on the base. Visit www.sonoranschools.org for more information.

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