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LCC student earns $20,000 American Legion scholarship

LCC student earns $20,000 American Legion scholarship

A La Costa Canyon senior has been announced as a recipient of a $20,000 scholarship honoring the children of wounded and fallen soldiers.

Christian Estrella, 17, of Carlsbad, was selected as one of 41 recipients for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. The distinction is available for children of veterans who died on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, or post-Sept. 11 veterans who have a combined disability rating of 50 percent or higher.

Christian's father, Phil Estrella, a retired U.S. Marine, was severely injured in 2005 when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle in Iraq. He did not wish to elaborate on the extent of his injuries.

Christian said his...