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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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