Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Students from Fruit Cove National Merit Semifinalists

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Students from Fruit Cove National Merit Semifinalists

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Byline: Dede Webb, Special to the Times-Union

The St. Johns County School Board has recognized two Fruit Cove seniors for qualifying as National Merit semifinalists for 2002.

Matthew Jacobs of Bartram Trail High School and Christine Chang of Nease High School were among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide eligible to advance to the finalist competition to compete for scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Jacobs and Chang placed among the top half percent of all students in the country who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, given annually to high school juniors.

Jacobs, son of Jim and Lisa Jacobs of Fruit Cove, is ranked second in his graduating class and will attend the University of Florida. He is captain of the Bartram swim team and chaplain of the Future Farmers of America. He has a perfect school attendance record since kindergarten and is active in the Beta Club, National Honor Society and student government.

Chang, daughter of Phoebe and Francis Hsuan Chang of Fruit Cove, is ranked first in her class and hopes to study medicine at Princeton University. She is interning at Baptist Medical Center and is a founding member of the Nease Debate Club. She enjoys music and drama and plays on a lacrosse team.

FUN AT SWISS COVE

Swiss Cove Christian Church invites the community to a fun-filled evening from 6:30 to 9 tonight at the church at 1965 Florida 13 in Switzerland. Part of the festivities include a chili cook-off, games, talent search, face-painting, costume parade and contest. Come dressed as your favorite Biblical, Hollywood or television star. Listen to music and enjoy a bite to eat at the "Rock Cafe," created especially with teens in mind. Bring a canned food for the food pantry. For more information, call 287-5795.

UNDEFEATED TEAM

Congratulations to the Bartram Trail junior varsity girls volleyball players. The ninth- and 10th-graders completed the season with an 18-0 record. Team members are Danielle Revills, Elizabeth Rogero, Danessa Dombos, Mallory Mitchell, Meaghan Lillenthal, Miranda Cintron, Alexis Novak, Aubrey Kersey, Katie Kashmiry, Leah Melton and Mallory Major. …

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