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Semifinalists named for 2013 Barnes Scholarships

Fifty-seven high school seniors from the Tampa Bay area have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Barnes Scholarships, a program offered through the Tampa Bay Times Fund.

A total of 318 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, four winners are selected. This year, the Tampa Bay Times Fund will provide $96,000 in financial aid to college students just through the Barnes Scholarship program.

Established by the Tampa Bay Times Fund in 1999, the scholarships are named for Andrew Barnes, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Times.

The Barnes Scholarships target high school seniors who have achieved academically while having overcome significant obstacles in their lives.

The semifinalists — 23 boys and 34 girls — are completing the second portion of the application, due by mid December. They must answer essay questions and provide family financial information, high school transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of recommendation. Ten finalists will be selected and interviewed in late January by a panel of Times employees. The winners will be announced in February.

Since the scholarship program began, 32 Barnes Scholars have graduated from college and are pursuing a variety of careers, from architecture to medicine. Sixteen students continue as undergraduates, enrolled at Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Bowdoin College, Scripps College, the University of Florida and Florida State University.

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

The name of the organization was changed to the Tampa Bay Times Fund in February to reflect the Jan. 1, 2012, change in the newspaper's name.

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 tampa Information about the Barnes Scholarships can be found at

Here are the 2013 semifinalists:

Citrus County

Jennifer Hafner,

Lecanto High

Nicholas Ricca,

Crystal River High

Valerie Thoroyan,

Crystal River High

Hernando County

Sean Chapman,

Springstead High

Janet Ho,

Weeki Wachee High

Austin Moriarty,

Springstead High

Matthew Noto,

Hernando High

Mai Tran,

Springstead High

Hillsborough County

Beth Burford,

Armwood High

Ana Calderon,

Tampa Bay

Technical High

Benjamin Carpenter,

King High

Eric Chao,

King High

Jahlil Collins,

Plant City High

Trenton Couture,

Lennard High

Dean DiBenedetto,

Blake High

Shanquell Dixon,

Tampa Bay

Technical High

Juan Dominguez,

King High

Kristen Engelson,

Robinson High

Michelle Farina,

Blake High

Dominic Gannon,

Riverview High

Hannah Gordon,

Chamberlain High

Crystal Jonas-Bloise,

Plant City High

Disha Joshi,

King High

Anisha Kesarwani,

Strawberry Crest High

Kaitlyn Killebrew,

Riverview High

Dillon Kirkland,

Plant City High

Taylor Lymous,

Jefferson High

John Major,

Leto High

Elina McGill,

Strawberry Crest High

Edward Morfa,

Leto High

Ann Nguyen,

King High

Nhu Nguyen,

Robinson High

Jin No,

King High



Strawberry Crest High

Eddie Rodriguez Jr.,

Berkeley Preparatory School

Pasco County



Mitchell High

Nicole Galasso,

Gulf High

Grace Johnson,

Sunlake High

Mary Kay Kujak,

Ridgewood High

Tayla Pesce,

Ridgewood High

Nabeel Zafrullah,

Gulf High

Pinellas County

Taylor Allums,

St. Petersburg High

Juan Caceres,

Palm Harbor

University High

Julia Cooper,

Lakewood High

Alex Dang,

Pinellas Park High

Orjada Dashi,

Northeast High

Nicholas Hathaway,

Palm Harbor

University High

Tiffany Head,

Dixie Hollins High

Jasmine Laska,

Pinellas Park High

Kathy Ngo,

St. Petersburg High

Kelly Nguyen,

Countryside High

Eternity Perry,

Dixie Hollins High

Jamie Scott,

Pinellas Park High

Dominique Smith,

St. Petersburg

Collegiate High

Everett Thomas,

Lakewood High

Ian Van Stralen,

Lakewood High

Aubrey Wetzelberg,

Dunedin High

Semifinalists named for 2013 Barnes Scholarships 11/25/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:34pm]
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