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MERIT // EARNS THEM NATIONAL RECOGNITION

They are the outstanding students from throughout the county who have won national attention from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. National Merit Scholarship finalists are selected on the basis of their performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Finalists compete for more than 6,900 Merit Scholarships worth about $27-million, which are awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The finalists, some of whom are pictured below, shared information about themselves. Top of the Class salutes them all.

JASON R. VOLLBRACHT (Clearwater) of Clearwater High School is a member of the All-County Academic Team, the National Honor Society and the tennis team. Jason has won PRIDE awards in math, science, social studies and writing. He has not decided on a major but plans to attend either the University of Pennsylvania or Northwestern University.

SHOSHANNAH A. SEIGHMAN-SMITH (Clearwater) of Countryside High School in Clearwater is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and the Academic Team. She founded the Fine Arts Appreciation Club at Countryside High and was a member of the Spirit Club, Drama Club, Teen Court, Peer Mediation Team, Students Against Driving Drunk and the International Thespian Society. She plans to major in psychology.

ANTHONY D. LOCASCIO (Dunedin) of Dunedin High School is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and captain of the Academic Team and the Economics Team. He is the recipient of a Nancy Mease Norton Award for Excellence in English, the Edith Gardener Discus Award for Excellence in Writing, and he received four first-place awards in Friends of the Largo Library Short Story contests. Anthony was a member of the University of South Florida Center for Excellence in Math, Science, Technology and Computers, a Boys' State alternate and a member of the wrestling team.

TAYLOR I. POLLOCK (Dunedin) of Dunedin High School is president of the National Honor Society and of her senior class. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the Key Club, received the Outstanding Leadership Award in her freshman, sophomore and junior years and was one of 36 students statewide selected to attend the National Science Foundation Young Scholars Program at Florida State University. She teaches a Sunday school class and is a lector at her church. She plans to attend Harvard University.

DANIEL J. SILVERA (Dunedin) of Dunedin High School is vice president of the National Honor Society and a member of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. He is cadet commander and armed drill team commander of the National Junior ROTC unit. His classes include AP economics, physics II and calculus III. Daniel also is cadet commander of the Clearwater Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and a member of the Florida National Guard.

ANITRA N. PAVKA (Palm Harbor) of East Lake High School has always adored history. Her childhood near American Indian ruins in New Mexico fired dreams of becoming an archaeologist. Two summers ago she excavated at the Yat Kitischee site. Last summer she interned at a local archaeological firm. Anitra is the prose editor of the East Lake High School literary magazine, Aerie, and recently won the National Council of Teachers of English writing award.

CHRISTINE A. VAUGHAN (Palm Harbor) of East Lake High has won the school's PRIDE award in writing and was named Outstanding Junior in Language and Outstanding Sophomore in Mathematics. She received two National Merit Science awards and first place in the Palm Harbor Optimist Club essay contest. She has been a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, the French National Honor Society and the Academic Team. She also is a member of the literary magazine staff and has received Bach and Sonatina awards in piano.

JUSTIN W. WALGUARNERY (Palm Harbor) of East Lake High plans to study biology in college, eventually get his PhD and pursue a career in research _ probably in genetics. Justin has received state recognition for his writing and, this past year, had some of his work displayed in shows. He participates in community 5K runs and rides motorcycles _ both dirt bikes and street bikes.

PETER L. HOWDESHELL II (Largo) of the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg is a four-year member of CATCOM, an award-winning video production group at Lakewood, and has worked on the school's morning TV show, Fast Forward. Peter was vice president of the German Club for two years and president of the youth fellowship group at First United Methodist Church of Largo for two years. He is a Civil War re-enactor and an Eagle Scout in Troop 465. He plans a career as an electrical engineer.

J. GREGORY REBHOLZ (Seminole) of the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg is a member of the executive board of the National Honor Society, participated in science, brain and economics bowls and is a member of Chem-a-thon and the Academic and Computer Programming teams. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar With Honors and a member of the University of South Florida's Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, Computers and Technology Honor Society. Gregory completed all levels of math in the Pinellas County secondary education system and took calculus III and differential equations under a dual enrollment program at St. Petersburg Junior College.

CHRISTOPHER R. BAUER (Largo) of the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg is a member of the French Club, Interact, the National Honor Society and CATCOM, an award-winning video production group at Lakewood. Christopher is an acolyte at St. Jerome Catholic Church, an Eagle Scout with Troop 465 and an assistant camp chef, quartermaster and assistant program director for the local Boy Scout Council. He plans to major in biology at Miami University or Duke University in preparation for a career in medicine.

JENNIFER M. STOCK (Largo) of Largo High School is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and the Principal's Advisory Council. She is a member of the youth group at St. Paul United Methodist Church and enjoys basketball, bicycling and playing on the varsity tennis team. She plans to major in engineering at the University of Florida.

PUMAKAWA NAVARRO (Largo) of Largo High School plans to attend New College in the fall and, after graduating, enroll in a graduate program to obtain a doctorate in literature or philosophy. Pumakawa plans to teach at the college level while enjoying a second career as a writer. Pumakawa enjoys playing drums, writing poetry and prose, and reading all types of literature.

DANIEL L. McAVOY (Clearwater) of Pinellas Park High School is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the Junior Engineering and Technology Society, and the school band and newspaper staff. He is a Florida Academic Scholar, a Tech Data Doorways Scholar and a Times Newspaper in Education award winner. He received a National Honor Society Scholarship to Oxford University in England during the summer of 1995. He was captain of the academic, science bowl and economics quiz bowl teams and a representative to Boys' State. He also volunteers at All Children's Hospital, the United Way, the Red Cross and Hospice.

LORNA B. FOUNTAIN (Seminole) of Seminole High School is the school's PRIDE award winner in writing and a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. She is an advanced placement art student and a nationally recognized synchronized swimmer. She received a silver medal in the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival. Lorna, who plans to be a pediatrician, has been awarded a Special Honors Scholarship, which provides full tuition to Eckerd College.

JILL M. KORSCHGEN (Largo) of Seminole High School is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, the French National Honor Society and the Academic Team. She is captain of the Seminole Warhawk Marching Band and principal clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble and the Pinellas Youth Symphony. Jill plans to major in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

EMILY K. ABRAMS (St. Petersburg) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the National Honor Society and the Thespian troupe, president of Ethos environmental/service club, treasurer of the Youth in Government Club and story editor for the school newspaper. She participated in the Girls Oceanography Camp at the University of South Florida and received an Outstanding Youth Volunteer award from the V.A. Medical Center at Bay Pines.

ELLEN L. BELDNER (Largo) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School was 1995 co-captain of the varsity swim team, co-editor of the school's newsmagazine and winner of a National Council for the Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing. She was chief justice of the 1996 Florida YMCA Youth in Government program and plans to attend its national convention for the third year this summer. Ellen, who works for the St. Petersburg Times, plans a career in the legal profession.

CLIFFORD Y. CHEN (Seminole) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the Academic Team and the swim team. He was president of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society for two years, donned a robe for the Youth in Government club and helped start Florida's first Student Pugwash chapter. He has received Science Fair awards, Mu Alpha Theta awards, first-place team awards at Junior Engineering and Technology Society and Chem-a-tron competitions and departmental awards for mathematics and physics. Clifford also played the violin as concertmaster in the Pinellas Youth Symphony.

JAMIE M. CHILTON (St. Petersburg) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, the Spanish Honor Society, Student Council and the Keyettes. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar With Honors and received Wellesley Book and Furman Scholar awards, an Eikon Music Award and academic and junior varsity letters. Jamie played first flute with the school band, volunteers at Bayfront Medical Center and is an assistant instructor for USA Karate. She plans to seek a dual degree in biomedical engineering or science and engineering.

REBECCA J. DAY (St. Petersburg) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the National Honor Society and the Civinettes service club, and was president of the Spanish Club and vice president of the Spanish Honor Society. She swam with the St. Petersburg Aquatics and was captain of her high school swim team during her junior and senior years. She also enjoys jogging, aerobics and Rollerblading.

BRIAN R. HALLMARK (Largo) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. He was an Advanced Placement Scholar With Distinction. He also plays the drums in the band Herzog. His favorite subjects are math, physics and East Asian history. His goal is "to help others." Brian plans to attend New College in Sarasota.

VICTORIA L. JAMIESON (Palm Harbor) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is president of the Art Club and a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, Students Against Driving Drunk, the French Club and the cross country team. Victoria takes art classes and volunteers at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. She plans to major in fine art or illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design or at Moore College of Art.

ERIC C. KLINE (Seminole) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is president of the National Honor Society, secretary of Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, a member of the Academic Team, two-time member of the Pinellas County All-Star Academic Team and an Advanced Placement Scholar With Distinction. Eric runs cross country and track, plays piano, sings in his church choir and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. He plans to major in mathematics.

RAVIKIRAN KORABATHINA (Tarpon Springs) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and the Key Club. He was a semifinalist in the 1996 Westinghouse Science Talent Search, was inducted into Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth and received a 1995 Dartmouth College Book Award. He also practices karate and was ranked a (1994) National Fighting Champion in the junior black belt division.

JONATHAN C. KOPELOVICH (Seminole) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and the Jewish Youth Organization U.S.Y. He received a Veterans Affairs Volunteer Award and was named a Devilette Dance Squad Hero. Jonathan's interests include science fiction, art and design, biology and primatology, Rollerblading and volleyball.

LINDSAY J. OLDENSKI (St. Petersburg) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is editor of the school newspaper and has a varsity letter in swimming. She is a member of Youth in Government and has been invited to its Conference on National Affairs in July. Lindsay plans to attend a small liberal arts college.

STACEY A. VAN VLEET (St. Petersburg) of the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. She is secretary of the International Thespian Society and an Honor Thespian. Stacey has appeared in many school and community theater productions, directed a one-act play and lettered twice in swimming. She hopes to attend Duke or Tulane University and major in international relations.

BRIAN J. SAPERSTEIN (Palm Harbor) of Tarpon Springs High School is president of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, captain of the Academic Team, parliamentarian of Student Government and a member of the countywide Students Rights and Responsibilities Committee. He volunteers weekly as a math tutor at an elementary school and likes to lift weights, play basketball and golf, and go boating. Saperstein plans to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

SHANNON K. HENNESSY (Palm Harbor) of Tarpon Springs High School is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society, the French Club, Interact, Student Government, Ta Anglica and the Alternative Scheduling Committee. She is editor of the school newspaper, captain and "most outstanding member" of the color guard, and secretary of the School Advisory Council. She received a University of Florida Outstanding Student in Science award, a Bausch and Lomb Science Award and a National Council of Teachers of English Writing nomination. Shannon plans to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

CAROLYN CARLSON (Palm Harbor) of Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg is a member of the National Honor Society and the 1200 Club. She is editor of the school newspaper and was a member of the homecoming court. She received an American Legion Award, a University of South Florida Science Award, a National Council of Teachers of English Merit Award and the U.S. Academic Association Award in Leadership and Journalism. Carolyn is a volunteer at her church and, during the summers, an assistant counselor for a youth camp. She plans to major in chemical engineering at the University of Florida.

CATHERINE J. MUNRO (St. Petersburg) of St. Petersburg Catholic High School is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and the Save the Earth Club. She tutors, plays clarinet in the school band, earned superior honors for piano at the District Band Association Festival in February and will enter the Honors Degree Program at Rollins College in Winter Park in the fall.

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