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    37 picked as semifinalists for St. Petersburg Times Scholarships

    By NANCY WACLAWEK, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published January 8, 2003

    Thirty-seven high school seniors have been chosen as semifinalists for the 2003 St. Petersburg Times Scholarship. A total of 229 students from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties applied.

    The scholarship program, which was created by the newspaper in 1999, is for students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, participation in extracurricular activities and community service and who have succeeded in overcoming significant obstacles in their lives.

    The scholarship is worth up to $15,000 per year for four years at an accredited U.S. college or university. So far, the newspaper has awarded nearly $180,000 in scholarships.

    The 12 young men and 25 young women now must complete the second portion of the application, answering essay questions and supplying family financial information and letters of recommendation from a high school counselor and another adult. That information will be reviewed in early February, and 10 finalists will be selected. The finalists will be interviewed in St. Petersburg in late February. The four winners will be announced in mid March.

    The scholarships are funded by the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times Scholarship Fund, which has been assisting students financially since 1953.

    The previous 12 winners are enrolled at Duke University in Durham, N.C.; Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; St. John's College in Annapolis, Md; Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Rice University in Houston; Tulane University in New Orleans; the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Washington University in St. Louis; the University of Florida and the University of Tampa.

    Here are the semifinalists and their schools:

    Citrus County

    Michelle Buzzelli, Crystal River High School

    Jessie Lubotsky, Lecanto High School

    Brian Wilkerson, Crystal River High School

    Hernando County

    Katie Castonguay-Prystupa, Central High School

    Tadd Hale, Springstead High School

    Hillsborough County

    Irene Castillo, Plant City High School

    Hakemia Jamison, Tampa Bay Technical High School

    Lissette Jimenez, Alonzo High School

    John Lowe, Gaither High School

    Erin Maloney, Gaither High School

    Albert Ng, Bloomingdale High School

    Valerie Parker, King High School

    Jesse Pope, Wharton High School

    Trung Tran, Jefferson High School

    Male student, King High School, who did not want his name published.

    Pasco County

    Amber Bellefleur, River Ridge High School

    Summer Berge, Ridgewood High School

    Jessica Curley, Gulf High School

    Sawyer Mann, Wesley Chapel High School

    Jessica Marlette, Hudson High School

    Tatyana Peshko, Mitchell High School

    Rachel Rose, Ridgewood High School

    Pinellas County

    William Bramer, Lakewood High School

    Bryan Casanas, Pinellas Park High School

    Selma Causevic, Tarpon Springs High School

    Takita Cuthbertson, Boca Ciega High School

    Rebecca Dimond, Pinellas Park High School

    Dana Favero, Lakewood High School

    Louis Frazier, Clearwater High School

    Jasmine Honeysucker, Largo High School

    Dyane Jean Francois Fils, St. Petersburg High School

    Megan McGinnis, East Lake High School

    Camila Pachon, Largo High School

    David Reider, Calvary Christian High School

    Ashley Rogers, Boca Ciega High School

    Natalia Rosochowicz, Seminole High School

    Uyen Tran, Clearwater High School

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