Field of high school seniors vying for Barnes Scholarships narrowed to 61

Sixty-one high school seniors from the Tampa Bay area have been selected as semifinalists for the 2012 Barnes Scholarships offered through the St. Petersburg Times Fund.

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A total of 389 students from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties applied.

A Barnes Scholarship is worth up to $60,000 over four years of study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Each year, four winners have been selected. This year, the St. Petersburg Times Fund will provide $133,300 in financial aid to college students just through the Barnes Scholarship program.

Established by the St. Petersburg Times Fund in 1999, the scholarships are named for Andrew Barnes, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Times. The Barnes Scholarships target high school seniors who have achieved academically while having overcome significant obstacles in their lives.

The semifinalists — 30 boys and 31 girls — are completing the second portion of the application, due this month. They must answer several essay questions and provide family financial information, high school transcripts, SAT and ACT scores, and letters of recommendation.

All of this information will be reviewed in early January, and 10 finalists will be selected. Those finalists will be interviewed later in the month by a panel of Times employees. The winners will be announced in February.

In the past 12 years, 32 Barnes Scholars have graduated from college — a 100 percent success rate. Sixteen students are currently enrolled in institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Cornell, Duke, Emory University, Northwestern University, Eckerd College, Bowdoin College, Scripps College, the University of Florida and Florida State University.

The St. Petersburg Times Fund is the nonprofit philanthropic arm of Times Publishing Co. The Fund has provided scholarships for college students since 1953. The name of the nonprofit will change to the Tampa Bay Times Fund in 2012 to reflect the change in the newspaper's name to the Tampa Bay Times.

For more information about the Barnes Scholarship program or the Tampa Bay Times/St. Petersburg Times Fund, contact Nancy Waclawek, director, at (727) 893-8780 or Waclawek@tampabay.com. The Fund's website is tampabay.com/fund. Information about the Barnes Scholarships can be found online at tampabay.com/scholarships.

Barnes Scholarship semifinalists Here are the 2012 semifinalists:

Citrus County

Caitlin Bryant, Citrus High

Morgan Metzger, Citrus High

Alison Schriro, Citrus High

Hernando County

Beverly Becker, Springstead High

Nathalia Botero, Springstead High

Amanda Faunce, Hernando High

Hillsborough County

Ayushe Misra, Alonso High

Rachel Coxon, Blake High

Deven Jarvis, Blake High

Grant Sprow, Bloomingdale High

Noah Stebbins, Bloomingdale High

Raymond Dalton, Durant High

Asia Nelson, Durant High

Ashley Nelson, Durant High

Monica Viera, East Bay High

Anne Marie Nemeth, Gaither High

Johnlewis Elliott, Jefferson High

Abdel Abraham, Lennard High

Julian Couture, Lennard High

Xiaodong Lu, Lennard High

Dina Villalba-Sanchez, Lennard High

Michael Bennett, Plant City High

Kyle Griffin, Plant City High

Alec Layman, Plant City High

Parthik Patel, Plant City High

Ranita Findlay, Riverview High

Devin Bird, Robinson High

Jose Del Cotayo, Robinson High

Lena Tran, Robinson High

Amir Ahmadiavin, Steinbrenner High

Ruben Godinez, Strawberry Crest High

Brandon Hastings, Strawberry Crest High

Johnny Stephens, Strawberry Crest High

Patrick Ries, Tampa Bay Technical High

Heather Vermilyea, Tampa Bay Technical High

Basil Jackson, Berkeley Prep

Pasco County

Raymond Muller, Hudson High

Linzi Arndt, Land O'Lakes High

Brett Garren, Pasco High

James McCabe, Pasco High

Victoria Kumalae, River Ridge High

Johnathon Guess, Florida Virtual School/PHCC

Pinellas County

O'Shane Elliott, Boca Ciega High

Bridgett Veltri, Boca Ciega High

Haley LaMont, Dixie Hollins High

Erin Moore, East Lake High

Lisa Diffendale, Lakewood High

Matthew Hager, Largo High

Marissa Lazo, Osceola Fundamental High

Phaedra Brady, Palm Harbor University High

Stephen Urchick, Palm Harbor University High

Graham Reybitz, Pinellas Park High

Henris Zaimaj, Pinellas Park High

Anne Do, St. Petersburg High

Nourhan Elsayed, St. Petersburg High

Gabrielle Montes, St. Petersburg High

David Morris, St. Petersburg High

Carlos J. Agatep III, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Sarah Barthle, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Sabrina Dessipe, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Jonathan Ware, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Field of high school seniors vying for Barnes Scholarships narrowed to 61 12/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:19pm]

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