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Friday, Jul 25, 2014

20 Pinellas students are National Merit semifinalists


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Twenty students in Pinellas County have been named semifinalists in the 59th-annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students are among about 16,000 semifinalists nationwide — less than 1 percent of all high school students — and will compete for about $35 million in scholarships. The top individual award is $2,500.

The students were selected as high school juniors based on their scores on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Local semifinalists are:

Emily F. McMullen, Canterbury School of Florida, St. Petersburg

Ashley N. Williams, Countryside High School, Clearwater

Drake C. Breeding, • East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs

Christian Brands, home-school student

Lauren A. Wittine, home-school student

Sean M. Hofer, • Lakewood High School Center for Advanced Technologies, St. Petersburg

Emma M. Freeman, Palm Harbor University High School

Zaydi Javeed, Palm Harbor University High School

Justin P. Ma, Palm Harbor University High School

Aadith Moorthy, Palm Harbor University High School

Mohamed Nuh, Palm Harbor University High School

Joeli R. Roth, Palm Harbor University High School

Natalie Wilson, Palm Harbor University High School

Alexander R. Dolan, Seminole High School

Benjamin G. Connelly, St. Petersburg High School

Joshua C. Grubbs, St. Petersburg High School

Reuben A. Russak-Pribble, St. Petersburg High School

Meghan F. Gardner, Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg

Adrianna Wenz, Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg

James F. Wenz, Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg

About 8,000 students will be awarded one of three types of scholarships in the spring: $2,500 National Merit Scholarships, business-sponsored scholarships and scholarships from individual colleges, which will go to about 4,800 students.

Winners will be announced from April through July.

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