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2017 Outstanding Graduates

Congratulations to the thousands of Douglas County School District graduates who are well on their way towards a bright future! We recognize your accomplishments and are proud to have been part of your educational journey.

Here is just a small sampling of what lies ahead for some of our graduates. These students are being recognized by their school principals for their outstanding academic success and personal attributes! As we receive more submissions from our DCSD principals, we will add to our graduate list below.


 

Olayemi Ajao, Chaparral High School

I will attend Stanford University

Salutatorian
Dedicated volunteer through Interact Club
Plans to student chemical engineering
 
 
 

 

Jordan Akins, Mountain Vista High School

I will attend the University of Colorado at Denver

Denver Department of Public Safety Cadet Program full-ride scholarship
Top student
Plans to study mechanical engineering
 

 

 

Junior Alpha, Castle View High School

I will attend Arapahoe Community College

Came to DCSD as a sophomore from a refugee camp in Africa
Will transfer to MSU Denver following completion of his degree at ACC
Plans to become a fireman as he wants to make America safe

 

Mahala Benson, ThunderRidge High School

I will attend Arapahoe Community College

Graduating on time after missing a semester of school following a serious car accident
Plans to transfer to University of Colorado Boulder following completion of her degree at ACC
Hopes to major in criminal justice

 

 

 

Anthony Bergman, HOPE Online (Alpha Learning Academy, Pueblo)

I will attend Pueblo Community College

Student council president
Awarded a Comcast scholarship
Plans to pursue a degree in radiology

 

 

 

Eve Bova, ThunderRidge High School

I will attend the University of Denver

Valedictorian
Tremendous student and citizen
One of the most kind and caring peer counselors at the school

 

 

 

Megan Braband, Douglas County High School

I will attend the University of San Diego, majoring in environmental science or business management

Student body co-president
Swim captain
Organized “Meals of Hope” that resulted in 15,000 meals for the less fortunate
 

 

 

Neha Chauhan, Rock Canyon High School

I turned down the Boettcher Scholarship to attend Princeton University

Will study chemical and biological engineering or neuroscience
Hopes to become a bioengineer
Future plans include the possibility of working on medical devices

 

 

 

Brad Cooley, Douglas County High School

I will attend California Lutheran University, majoring in computer science

Developed a national award-winning iOS application (Crunch Time)
National DECA competition participant
Crowned 2017 homecoming and prom king
 
 
 
 
 

Abigail Cousins, Rock Canyon High School

I will attend the University of Alabama

Perfect ACT score
Top student
Plans to study chemical engineering

 

 

 

Annie Cutler, ThunderRidge High School

I will attend Brigham Young University in Utah, majoring in business

Student body president
Peer counselor
After being disappointed in her ACT score and wanting to attend BYU, she studied hard and raised her score by nine points on her second try

 

 

 

Ansh Desai, Legend High School

I will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder

Boettcher Scholarship recipient
Top student
Plans to study physics

 

 

 

Garrett Figueroa, Rock Canyon High School

I will attend Colorado College

Daniels Scholar
National Merit finalist
Interested in pursuing a math degree, to eventually go into teaching

 

 

 

Samantha Gonzalez, HOPE Online (Power Academy, Aurora)

I will attend Metro State University and plan to study architecture

Salutatorian
Athlete
Named 2017 HOPE Prom Queen

 

 

 

Alec Greven, Castle View High School

I will attend the University of Richmond on a full ride scholarship

Plans to major in philosophy, politics, economics and law
National Speech and Debate Association Outstanding Distinction award
New York Times bestselling author

 

 

 

Brent Janda, Castle View High School

I will attend the Colorado School of Mines

Continental League Honor Orchestra member for three years
Plans to major in biochemical engineering
Following undergraduate school, plans to continue on to medical school to become a doctor

 

 

 

Hyun Kim, Highlands Ranch High School

I will visit my family in Korea then enroll at the University of Colorado to study computer science

First generation college student
4.3 GPA
Started playing violin in eleventh-grade and is a member of the school’s highest orchestra

 

 

 

Spencer Kuhn, Rock Canyon High School

I will attend Colorado State University

Monfort Scholarship recipient
Plans to study biomedical and mechanical engineering
Hopes to pursue a career in research and make a positive impact that leaves the world a better place

 

 

Vito Lella, Mountain Vista High School

I will attend the University of Alabama

Outstanding student
Worked towards pilot’s license while in high school
Plans to become a commercial pilot

 

 

 

Chasmine Malabanan, Highlands Ranch High School

I will attend the University of Colorado Boulder

Heavily involved in athletic training as one of the main student trainers
Plans to study pre-medicine and work in a field centered around pediatrics
Hopes to become involved in medical mission trips (Doctors Without Borders) to travel to third-world countries to provide support to those in need

 

 

 

Sydney Marchando, Rock Canyon High School

I will attend the Colorado School of Mines

Boettcher Scholarship recipient  
Plans to major in chemical engineering, then continue on to medical school to become a pediatric orthopedic doctor
Will play softball in college

 

 

 

Gabriela Palazzo, SkyView Academy

I will attend the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

Awarded the Air Force ROTC scholarship
Will play NCAA soccer in college
Hopes to become an officer in the U.S. Air Force with plans of becoming a pilot

 

 

 

Brandon Peterson, HOPE Online (Mountain View Academy)

I will attend Northeastern Community College in Sterling

Active outside of the classroom in flag football and community business competitions
Wants to incorporate the arts and sports in his future, with a possible broadcasting focus
Will join his sister and father in Canada this summer to shoot a film his father helped write

 

 

 

Jeremiah Pisarra, Chaparral High School

I will attend the Colorado School of Mines

Valedictorian
Harvey Scholarship recipient
Honored to deliver graduation speech
 
 
 
 
 

Matthew Rivas, Chaparral High School

I will attend the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in international relations

Editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Crier
Co-president of the Interact Club, which is dedicated to community service
Organized a homecoming for adults with special needs in the Parker area

 

 

 

Josh Romine, Mountain Vista High School

I will attend Duke University, running cross country and track as a Blue Devil

Top three-percent of his graduating class
Considering a major in political science or public policy
Outstanding runner

 

 

 

David Roney, Douglas County High School

I will attend the College of Wooster in Ohio, competing in men’s golf at the NCAA Division III level

Completed the International Baccalaureate Programme with all “A’s”
National Honor Society member
International Baccalaureate Council member

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Roth, ThunderRidge High School

I will attend the Colorado School of Mines to study chemical engineering

Valedictorian
Mentor for many in need through peer counseling
Will play soccer in college

 

 

 

Sriya Sharma, Rock Canyon High School

I will attend Colorado College on a pre-med path

Salutatorian
Boettcher Scholarship finalist
Plans to major in biochemical studies and minor in global health

 

 

 

Cody Sparrow, Mountain Vista High School

I will attend the Air Force Academy

Received nominations to the Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Naval Academy
Top student
Offered appointments to Air Force Academy and Merchant Marine Academy

 

 

 

Hanna Storey, Douglas County High School

I will attend Texas Christian University to study economics and political science

Hopes to attend law school following her undergraduate studies
Douglas County High School softball team member
Launched “Stor(e)ytime” to help lower socioeconomic schools obtain items needed in the classroom
 
 
 
 
 

Jenna Trost, Castle View High School

I will attend the University of Colorado Boulder to study chemical engineering

Boettcher Scholarship recipient
Overcame serious health challenges while excelling in AP classes
4.34 GPA, 2/425 in her senior class

 

 

 

 

 

Devean Trujillo, HOPE Online (Brighton Leadership Academy)

I will attend Colorado State University and hope to become a lawyer or possibility a Supreme Court justice

First graduate to attend K-12 at HOPE Online
Valedictorian
Never missed a day of school

 

 

 

 

 

Michaela Udlock, Ponderosa High School

I will attend Augustana University

Received a Pro-Musica scholarship
Featured soloist in Ponderosa’s marching band
Plans to double major in nursing and psychology

 

 

 

Niketna Vivek, Legend High School

I will attend the University of Colorado Boulder

Boettcher Scholarship recipient
Accumulated nearly 2,000 volunteer hours in the NICU at a local hospital
Plans to major in neuroscience to eventually become a neurosurgeon

 

 

 

Christopher Waid, Ponderosa High School

I will attend the Colorado School of Mines

National Merit finalist
Named ACS Chemistry Student of the Year
Plans to study chemical engineering and pursue a career in environmental cleanup or in the military

 

 

 

Akshira Weiser, Mountain Vista High School

I will attend Colorado State University

Received Fill the Gap scholarship and Debbie Jackson scholarship
Plans to major in psychology
Hopes to become a forensic psychologist