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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013
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Abe Diaz of DePaul University in Chicago is a chemistry major who always considered film a hobby.

"This is the fork in the road right now," said the 18-year-old son of two doctors. "It'll definitely help in making me more aware if this is something I can do."

All six winning students will walk on the Oscar stage during Sunday's ceremony. They're each getting a makeover and formal tuxedo or gown for the event as well.

"For a film student to be at the Oscars is huge," said Jennifer Brofer, 30, a Marine Corps veteran who is now a film student at the University of Texas at Austin. "This is where we aspire to be one day."

Other student presenters include AJ Young, from Columbia College Chicago, and Tatenda Mbudzi, a Zimbabwe native studying at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Meron said he hopes the student-presenters become an annual Oscar tradition.

"There's a legacy that we bring," he said. "And if we never do the show again, we would love for this to continue."

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.