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65 students are semifinalists for Barnes Scholarships

Sixty-five high school seniors from the Tampa Bay area have been selected as semifinalists for the 2014 Barnes Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times Fund.

A total of 402 students in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas 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, up to four winners are selected. This year, the Tampa Bay Times Fund will provide more than $95,000 in financial aid to Barnes scholars.

Established in 1999, the scholarships are named for Andrew Barnes, retired Times chairman and CEO. They target high school seniors who have achieved academically despite significant obstacles in their lives.

From the 65 semifinalists, 10 finalists will be selected and interviewed. Winners will be announced in February.

Since the program's inception, 40 Barnes scholars have graduated from college to pursue a range of careers from architecture to medicine. Sixteen are undergraduates at Baylor, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, Scripps College and the University of Florida.

The Tampa Bay Times Fund is the not-for-profit philanthropic arm of Times Publishing Company. The Fund has provided college scholarships since 1953.

For more information about the Barnes Scholarship program or the Tampa Bay Times Fund, contact Nancy Waclawek, director, at (727) 893-8780 or

The fund's website is The Barnes Scholarship site is

Here are the 2014 semifinalists:

Citrus County

Ryan Hayes, Lecanto High

Corrine Mackler, Crystal River High

Elizabeth Rinaldi, Citrus High

Sara Turner, Crystal River High

Hernando County

Christian Braz, Weeki Wachee High

Mary Curtis, Springstead High

Rachel Davis, Nature Coast Technical High

Anna Hagg, Springstead High

Elisha Pager, Hernando High

Rachael Simone, Springstead High

Ravi Vemuri, Springstead High

Hillsborough County

Inalvis Alvarez-Fernandez, Hillsborough High

Ibrahim Apata, Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High

Alexena Arnold, Plant City High

Kai Billings, Strawberry Crest High

D'onte Claypool, Durant High

Nancy Coleman, Blake High

Belen de Leon, Sickles High

Laura Del Castillo, Durant High

Ana-Maria Diaz, Tampa Catholic High

Michelle Fernandez, Jefferson High

George Francis, Bloomingdale High

Tiarra Gadsden, Blake High

Debaditta Ghosh, King High

Ana Gomez, Leto High

Itzel Guzman, East Bay High

Richard Hendel, Middleton High

Sara Hetherington, East Bay High

Yasmin Ibarra, Strawberry Crest High

Paris Jennings, Robinson High

Irene John, Robinson High

Angel Kennedy, King High

Mario Leon, Plant City High

Ellen Pham, Chamberlain High

Simone Seales, Alonso High

Brianna Shilling, Newsome High

Ashlee Skeens, East Bay High

Jesse Stamper, Wharton High

Matthew Sutton, Bloomingdale High

Xamil Vega, Jefferson High

Kaemon Vero, Hillsborough High

Pasco County

Jessi Barnett, Zephyrhills High

Zachary Dyott, River Ridge High

Analise Mann, Pasco High

My Nguyen, Ridgewood High

Karine Rodrigues, Zephyrhills High

Leah Slane, River Ridge High

Nadia Sorezza, Wiregrass Ranch High

Pinellas County

Gabrielle Arnold, East Lake High

Erkanda Bilali, Largo High

Deja Blunt, Clearwater High

Kristina Covington, Lakewood High

Jeffrey Gelinas, Boca Ciega High

Chelsea Henderson, Largo High

Leondre Horne, Pinellas Park High

Daphne Lepretre, Palm Harbor University High

Adela Lilollari, St. Petersburg High

Juliana Rico, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Daniela Romero, Tarpon Springs High

Joanna Shin, Northeast High

Elena Smith, Largo High

Salina Som, St. Petersburg Collegiate High

Noor Tasnim, St. Petersburg High

Zaria Teal, Palm Harbor University High

Leyna Xoi, Boca Ciega High