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List pared to 46 for Barnes Scholarships

Forty-six high school seniors have been named semifinalists for the 2007 Barnes Scholarships. A total of 265 students from public and private schools in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties applied.

A Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times Fund Inc., is worth as much as $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 $222,000 in financial aid to college students through the Barnes Scholarships.

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

The 16 young men and 30 young women who are 2007 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, 12 Barnes scholars have graduated from college. Sixteen are still enrolled at such universities as Duke, Cornell, Princeton, Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Ohio State, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Eckerd College, University of Tampa, American University, Franciscan University and the University of Rochester.

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 www.sptimes.com/scholarships.

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2007 Barnes Scholarship semifinalists

Citrus County

Samantha Fogg, Citrus High School

Jennifer Lynn Griffith-Delgado, Lecanto High School

Hernando County

Vivian Lee, Central High School

Brianna Martinez, Central High School

Steven White, Central High School

Jaclyn Maass, Springstead High School

Audriana Drayton, Hernando High School

Miranda Peloquin, Nature Coast Technical High School

Ashley Coogle, Seven Rivers Christian School

Hillsborough County

Mark Adams, Armwood High School

Steven Angotti, Armwood High School

Christopher Hanks, Armwood High School

Juan Caballero, King High School

Amanda Garcia, King High School

Abigail Martin, East Bay High School

Emily Watt, Middleton High School

Hanns Frimpong, Hillsborough High School

Kawanda Foster, Hillsborough High School

Sherline Marcellus, Hillsborough High School

Andrew Perlmutter, Hillsborough High School

Eugenio Torrens, Hillsborough High School

Cassie Chesley, Newsome High School

Ashley Collins, Leto High School

Vincent Lally, Wharton High School

Lillian Artyamsoal, Plant City High School

Alexandra Wayson, Riverview High School

Ellis Akins, Robinson High School

Matthew Jackson, Robinson High School

Mirna Pehar, Robinson High School

Nevena Pehar, Robinson High School

Zachary Taylor, Tampa Bay Technical High School

LaKeisha Simms, Jefferson High School

Elizabeth Lineal, Gaither High School

Pasco County

Leandra Argyros, Land O'Lakes High School

Lea Bjelland, Land O'Lakes High School

David Salazar, Ridgewood High School

Pinellas County

Allan Trevino Jr., Boca Ciega High School

Alexandria Sweetser, Calvary Christian High School

Ashlyn Wedde, East Lake High School

Naomi Maki, Palm Harbor University High School

Damir Turina, Palm Harbor University High School

Elysse Arnold, Pinellas Park High School

Hayley Germack, St. Petersburg High School

Katalina Millan, St. Petersburg High School

Michael Wolcott, St. Petersburg High School

Han Zhu, St. Petersburg High School

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