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DCSD Home to 21 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

National Merit Scholarship Program

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Yet another indicator of educational excellence, Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 21 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. These academically talented high school seniors advance in the competition, which awards approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $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. Last year, DCSD had 16 semifinalists – the number increased this year to 21 students.
The national pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Approximately 1.4 million students entered the competition. Finalists will be announced next February, with National Merit Scholarship winners announced starting in April.
Congratulations to these outstanding DCSD students!

Sarah H. Choe, ThunderRidge High School
Kirsten V. Delany, Highlands Ranch High School
Jessica L. Dobler, Rock Canyon High School
Andrew G. Foster, Chaparral High School
Chase A. Henry, Rock Canyon High School
Samuel T. Herlin, Highlands Ranch High School
Samuel R. Hoffman, Highlands Ranch High School
Lily M. Johnson, Highlands Ranch High School
Lucas A. Laughlin, Rock Canyon High School
Brandon K. Lee, ThunderRidge High School
Andrej J. Lysak, Legend High School

Danielle M. Mayorga-Young, Ponderosa High School
Benjamin P. Murray, ThunderRidge High School
Cecilia R. Pollice, ThunderRidge High School
Spencer T. Pozder, Mountain Vista High School
Gwendolyn S. Seymour, ThunderRidge High School
Kyra E. Smart, ThunderRidge High School
Gabriel A. Tauberl, Rock Canyon High School
Paige Trexel, Douglas County High School
Megan A. Wenham, ThunderRidge High School
Arthur Zabronsky, Douglas County High School


September 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: High School Education

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.