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30 semifinalists named for 2018 Barnes Scholarship

Thirty high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2018 Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times Fund.

The scholarships, named after former Times Publishing Co. chairman and CEO Andrew Barnes, were established in 1999 to help high-achieving college-bound students with financial need and who have overcome significant obstacles.

The 30 students from Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties were selected from a pool of 182 applicants — 134 girls and 48 boys — from 21 high schools. Finalists will be selected and interviewed in January, and the four winners will be announced in February. Recipients of the Barnes scholarship receive up to $60,000 to pay for four years at an accredited U.S. college or university.

The semifinalists are:

Hernando County

Alison Pager, Hernando High School

Hillsborough County

Emily Blanton, Armwood High School

Jenna Callison, Hillsborough High School

Rhiannon Carty, Brandon High School

ErrDaisha Floyd, Hillsborough High School

Carlos Garcia Perez, Gaither High School

Antonio Gonzalez, Steinbrenner High School

M'kya Gonzalez-Richardson, Wharton High School

Leah Harrell, Newsome High School

Mairyn Harris-Jones, Wharton High School

Luke Longo, Sickles High School

Evelyn Martinez, Academy of the Holy Names

Paige Niswonger, King High School

Justin White, Durant High School

Pasco County

Angelora Cooper, Wiregrass High School

Courtney Corlett, Gulf High School

Kristof Cseh, Gulf High School

Arturo Leis-Pretto, Gulf High School

Arizona Maki, Gulf High School

Areti Papanikas, Gulf High School

Vanessa Toro, Land O'Lakes High School

Pinellas County

Morgan Buchanan, Dixie Hollins High School

Madisyn Campbell, Pinellas Park High School

Kaitlin Fontana, Countryside High School

Katherine Hanrahan, Clearwater Central Catholic High School

Randy Lambert, Boca Ciega High School

Amy Liu, Dixie Hollins High School

Kon Lueth, Countryside High School

Isabel Miranda, Boca Ciega High School

Andres Nino, Palm Harbor University High School

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