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53 are semifinalists for Barnes Scholarships

Fifty-three high school seniors have been named semifinalists for the 2009 Barnes Scholarships.

A total of 397 students from public and private schools in Citrus, Hernando, Manatee, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties applied.

A Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times Fund Inc., is worth up to $60,000 over four years at an accredited U.S. college or university. Each year, four winners are selected. This year, the fund will provide nearly $192,000 in financial aid to college students through the Barnes Scholarships.

Established by the fund in 1999, the scholarships were renamed in 2004 to honor Andrew Barnes, chairman and chief executive of the St. Petersburg Times, upon his retirement. They target college-bound teens who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives while remaining committed to academic achievement and community involvement.

The 19 young men and 34 young women who are the 2009 semifinalists now must complete the second portion of the application, answering essay questions and supplying financial information, a high school transcript and letters of recommendation from school counselors and other adults.

The information will be reviewed in early January, and 10 finalists will be selected. They will be interviewed in St. Petersburg in late January. Four winners will be announced in February.

Since 2000, 19 Barnes scholars have graduated from college. Seventeen are still enrolled at universities including Duke, Cornell, Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Ohio State, the University of Florida, the University of Tampa, the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago, California-Berkeley, Yale, MIT and Eckerd College.

The St. Petersburg Times Fund, the not-for-profit philanthropic arm of the Times Publishing Co., has provided scholarships for college students since 1953.

For information about the Barnes Scholarship program, contact Nancy Waclawek, director of the St. Petersburg Times Fund Inc., at (727) 893-8780. The Web address is

2009 Barnes Scholarship semifinalists

Citrus County

Caitlin Camp, Crystal River High School

Michael Maxey, Crystal River High School

Josue Estrella, Lecanto High School

Arlina Paz, Lecanto High School

Hernando County

Joshua Shannon, Central High School

Michael Shannon, Central High School

Jem Lugo, Springstead High School

Jenny Qiao, Springstead High School

Kimberly Thoures, Springstead High School

Desmond Zeng, Springstead High School

Lea Martin, Hernando High School

Hillsborough County

Gabriella Flynn, Academy of the Holy Names

Ryan Hawley, Armwood High School

Kyle Hawley, Armwood High School

Lauryn Kannard, Alonso High School

Oriana Paolillo, Alonso High School

Taylor Cochran, King High School

Sharon Fino, King High School

Francesca Hill, King High School

Alishan Vazir, King High School

Lindsey Rankin, East Bay High School

Kenneth Martinez, Freedom High School

Chantell Albert, Hillsborough High School

Niall Brown, Newsome High School

Rachel Rakoczy, Wharton High School

Jessica Glover, Plant City High School

Chelsea Hall, Plant City High School

Xavier Vega, Plant City High School

Paola Rodriguez, Riverview High School

Sebastian Ruiz, Gaither High School

Manatee County

Pharnette Richemond, Southeast High School

Pasco County

Nguyen Truong, Mitchell High School

Taylor Glogowski, Land O'Lakes High School

Tara Dinoski, Ridgewood High School

Stephanie Spencer-Laine, Ridgewood High School

Brent Bertrand, River Ridge High School

Styliana Resvanis, River Ridge High School

Pinellas County

Veronica Yambrovich, Admiral Farragut Academy

Kirsten Teresi, Lakewood High School-CAT

Zerina Arapovic, Dunedin High School

Sherrill Williams, Gibbs High School

Ryan Griffin, Largo High School

Alicia Gangi, Northeast High School

Dalila Lemezan, Northeast High School

Annie Zheng, Palm Harbor University High School

Emanuel Manco, Pinellas Park High School

Allison Crepeau, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

Marco Padilla-Rodriguez, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

Katelyn Albright, St. Petersburg High School

Thomas Holdstein, St. Petersburg High School

Lukas Pleva, St. Petersburg High School

Yun Chang, Tarpon Springs High School

Xuan Dau, Tarpon Springs High School

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