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Vote For Local Hero Susan Burton on CNN!

Susan Burton

Local hero and community crusader, Susan Burton, has been nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2010. The award spotlights everyday people who are changing the world. The ultimate winner – Hero of the Year – wins $100,000 and is determined by popular vote. So VOTE NOW! Learn more about Susan here.

VIDEO: Washington Prep Student Tyki Nelworth Honored By Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honored Tyki Nelworth, a senior at Washington Preparatory High School, for his academic excellence and acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Read more about Tyki’s life and accomplishments in a feature article on the L.A. Times website.

Local Student Earns Four-Year Scholarship To The United States Military Academy

From the L.A. Times:

Despite a life of hardship, he’s headed for West Point

Throughout a turbulent upbringing and the dangers of South L.A.’s tough streets, Tyki Nelworth kept focused on his studies. It has paid off with a four-year scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy.

Adversity has stalked 18-year-old Tyki Nelworth. His mother is in prison, his father is deceased, and for years he was bounced from home to home.

But the senior at Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles kept focused on his academic goals. He took Advanced Placement classes in English, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics, and nailed a 4.23 grade-point average.

Last week, he got his wish: He was accepted and received a four-year scholarship to the United States Military Academy.

“For me to make it to West Point, that’s a big statement,” said Nelworth, who plans to study engineering at the academy in upstate New York. “It means the sky’s the limit.”

More at the L.A. Times

VIDEO: Inglewood Native Mia Jackson Featured On CNN's 'Black in America 2'

Mia Jackson, 27, who was born and raised in Inglewood, was recently featured on CNN’s “Black in America 2”. Mia, who was the valedictorian at St. Mary’s Academy High School in 2000 and earned her Chemical Engineering degree from UCLA in 2005, is currently a fellow in the Management Leadership for Tomorrow program and will soon enter the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Watch CNN’s entire “Black in America 2” special.

CHAMPIONS: Los Angeles County Swim Team From South L.A.

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The Los Angeles County Swim Team, 97 youth from three South Los Angeles communities, won the 2009 USA State Swim Championship in San Diego on July 18. The team, representing Jesse Owens, Victoria and Ted Watkins parks of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, is made up of almost 100 boys and girls from 10 to 18 years old.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of these youth, their commitment and their drive to succeed,” said Russ Guiney, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Competing against 20 other teams and 800 competitors from all over California, the L.A. County Swim Team garnered 100 gold, silver and bronze medals in 12 events that tested swimmers in every competitive stoke.

“We shocked everyone out there. They were asking who we were and where we were from,” said Fernando Medina, swim coach at Victoria Park Pool. “We made a huge impact as a team.” Competing in the event for the first time, the team from Los Angeles County out swam perennial powerhouse teams from throughout California.

The team is supported by the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles, coached by Department of Parks and Recreation employees Medina, Nick Orozco, Christina Melendez and Tony Martinez and trains at Los Angeles County pools operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

California State Games is a festival of Olympic-style competition for California’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. State Games is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to Summer State Games, they host the California Winter Games with figure skating, ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding.