DCSD Home to 20 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

DCSD Home to 20 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 2021
Posted on 09/15/2021

DCSD Home to 20 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Douglas County School District (DCSD) is pleased to announce the names of 20 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students advance in the competition, which awards 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million.

The goal of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to honor the nation's scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring and summer of 2022:

  • 2,500 National Merit Scholarships

  • 1,000 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

  • 4,000 College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

Finalists will be announced in February, with National Merit Scholarship winners announced in the months to follow. Congratulations to these outstanding DCSD students!
  1. Tia Abraham, Rock Canyon High School

  2. Thomas Ankner, Rock Canyon High School

  3. Isabella Deboer, Mountain Vista High School

  4. Sivasubal Devanathan, Legend High School

  5. Lakshmi Ganapaneni, STEM School Highlands Ranch

  6. Rory Irwin, Chaparral High School

  7. Kagan Killough, Castle View High School

  8. Roshni Nandi, Rock Canyon High School

  9. Nikhila Narayana, Rock Canyon High School

  10. Minh-Kha Nguyen, Castle View High School

  11. Joshua Ruegge, Rock Canyon High School

  12. Siddharth Srikanth, Rock Canyon High School

  13. Matthew Starr, Ponderosa High School

  14. Alice Sun, Mountain Vista High School

  15. Yoshi Taitano, Chaparral High School

  16. Tavin Turner, STEM School School

  17. Brett Walker, Ponderosa High School

  18. Andrew Wang, Rock Canyon High School

  19. Anthony Wang, Rock Canyon High School

  20. Samantha Wendell, Castle View High School

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


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