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$5,000 award honors top scholar

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Oxnard High School’s Nathan Harry chats with family members and friends before start of the 30th annual Star Scholar Awards at the Serra Center in Camarillo on Tuesday. Harry would be later announced as recipient of the 2013 Julius Gius Scholarship. © Joseph A. Garcia/VC Star

Oxnard High School senior Nathan Harry is seen as a leader by many — whether it’s his high school Academic Decathlon team, Boy Scouts troop or Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit

But before Harry could act as a role model for many, he had to start with one 3-year-old — his brother. When Harry was 5 years old, his younger brother was diagnosed with autism.

“A lot of what I’ve learned through working with Matthew, my younger brother, has translated into leadership in Scouts, school, ROTC,” Harry said.

After writing an essay about his experiences of having a sibling diagnosed with autism, Harry was selected out of 85 top-performing Ventura County high school seniors to be presented with a $5,000 scholarship during the 2013 Star Scholar Awards on Tuesday night in Camarillo.

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