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High school seniors named semifinalists for Times scholarship

Fifty-eight high school seniors from the Tampa Bay area have been selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Barnes Scholarship offered through the St. Petersburg Times Fund.

A total of 367 students from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties applied. A Barnes Scholarship 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 St. Petersburg Times Fund will provide nearly $131,000 in financial aid to college students through the Barnes Scholarships.

Established by the St. Petersburg Times Fund in 1999, the scholarships are named after Andrew Barnes, retired chairman and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times. The Barnes Scholarships target college-bound high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives while remaining committed to academic achievement and community service.

The semifinalists — 34 girls and 24 boys — now must complete the second portion of the application, providing answers to essay questions as well as family financial information, high school transcripts and test scores, and letters of recommendation. This information will be reviewed in early January, when 10 finalists will be selected. Those finalists will be interviewed in late January. Four winners will be announced in February.

Since 2000, 28 Barnes Scholarship winners have graduated from college. Sixteen are still enrolled, at such schools as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Cornell, Eckerd College, Bowdoin College, Florida State, the University of Florida, Emory University, Scripps College and Northwestern University.

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

For more information about the Barnes Scholarship program or the St. Petersburg Times Fund, contact Nancy Waclawek, director of the fund, at (727) 893-8780 or The fund's website is

Barnes Scholarship semifinalists

Citrus County

Jeraldine Needham, Crystal River High

Masumi Palhof, Crystal River High

Amber Peacock, Lecanto High

Hernando County

Sarah McConnell, Bishop McLaughlin High

Maria Garcia, Springstead High

Bermarie Jerez, Springstead High

Colleen Pulawski, Springstead High

Hillsborough County

Aniek Cruz, Alonso High

Kelsey McDonald, Alonso High

Ashley Stephens, Alonso High

Sinhye Lee, Bloomingdale High

Khattiya Chharath, East Bay High

Benjamin Epps, Freedom High

Fatima Kamara, Freedom High

Diandra Latibeaudiere, Freedom High

Roberto Villalba, Gaither High

Kayla Freed, Hillsborough High

Jabin Jose, Middleton High

Stephanie Pena, Middleton High

Bradley Sykes, Plant High

Ashley Bracewell, Plant City High

Victoria Watkins, Plant City High

Benjamin Willis, Plant City High

Jonathan Castillo, Robinson High

Cody Smith, Robinson High

Brooke Jimenez, Sickles High

Kyle Franken, Spoto High

Austine Friedrich, Spoto High

Anthony Medina, Strawberry Crest High

Alisha Simpson, Tampa Bay Technical High

Mara Richman, Tampa Catholic High

Abraham Lozano, Wharton High

Manatee County

Christal Hayes, Bayshore High

Sabrina Torres, Bayshore High

Katie Granberg, Manatee High

Abydjana Tresalus, Manatee High

Pasco County

Michael Davidson, Academy at the Lakes

Zachary Ivanac, Gulf High

Ishia Pere, Gulf High

Joshua Gabel, Mitchell High

Richard Anderson, Ridgewood High

Anson Angail, Zephyrhills High

Bethany Smith, Zephyrhills High

Luis Adan, home-schooled

Pinellas County

Valiece Long, Clearwater High

Miles Marinello, Dunedin High

Tuba Sahiti, Northeast High

Paula Vargas, Northeast High

Adam Keilbach, Osceola Fundamental High

Michael Lai, Seminole High

India Bowman, St. Petersburg High

Joshua Goff, St. Petersburg High

Fedner Lauture, St. Petersburg High

Andre Revell, St. Petersburg High

Jasmine Wheeler, St. Petersburg High

Kenneth Bowers, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Miranda Moon, Shorecrest Preparatory School

Justin Zirlott, Center Academy of Pinellas Park

This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: Barnes Scholarship semifinalist Adam Keilbach is a student at Osceola Fundamental High School in Pinellas County. A story Monday incorrectly identified his school.

High school seniors named semifinalists for Times scholarship 12/05/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 3:37pm]
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