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DCSD Home to 21 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Douglas County School District is celebrating 21 students who have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists, 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 more than $33 million.

The goal of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence. Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competition. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in 2017:

 

  • 2,500 National Merit Scholarships
  • 1,000 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships
  • 4,000 College/University-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

National Merit Scholarship winners announced starting in April. Congratulations to these outstanding DCSD students!

  1. Samuel J. Atlas, Mountain Vista High School
  2. Aidan W. Berryman, Rock Canyon High School
  3. Neha Chauhan, Rock Canyon High School
  4. Ansh S. Desai, Legend High School
  5. Logan A. Dunn, ThunderRidge High School
  6. Garrett N. Figueroa, Rock Canyon High School
  7. Calvin T. Haensel, ThunderRidge High School
  8. Lynnae A. Johnson, Douglas County High School
  9. Adam Klein, Highlands Ranch High School
  10. Aaron Lou, Highlands Ranch High School
  11. Aaron Makikalli, Rock Canyon High School
  12. Sydney Marchando, Rock Canyon High School
  13. Jonathan Meade, Rock Canyon High School
  14. Megan L. Pitman, Rock Canyon High School
  15. Nicholas J. Purchase, Rock Canyon High School
  16. Katherine R. Schaffer, Rock Canyon High School
  17. Samuel P. Serra, Highlands Ranch High School
  18. Connor W. Simpson, SkyView Academy
  19. Josie Van Divier, Legend High School
  20. Christopher E. Waid, Ponderosa High School
  21. Lily Y. Xie, Highlands Ranch High School
March 9, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Schools

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