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DCSD home to 22 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

DOUGLAS COUNTY-Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 22 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than one 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

Finalists will be announced next February, with 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.    Pravin Bhandari, STEM School and Academy

4.    Neha Chauhan, Rock Canyon High School

5.    Ansh S. Desai, Legend High School

6.    Logan A. Dunn, ThunderRidge High School

7.    Garrett N. Figueroa, Rock Canyon High School

8.    Calvin T. Haensel, ThunderRidge High School

9.    Lynnae A. Johnson, Douglas County High School

10. Adam Klein, Highlands Ranch High School

11. Aaron Lou, Highlands Ranch High School

12. Aaron Makikalli, Rock Canyon High School

13. Sydney Marchando, Rock Canyon High School

14. Jonathan Meade, Rock Canyon High School

15. Megan L. Pitman, Rock Canyon High School

16. Nicholas J. Purchase, Rock Canyon High School

17. Katherine R. Schaffer, Rock Canyon High School

18. Samuel P. Serra, Highlands Ranch High School

19. Connor W. Simpson, SkyView Academy

20. Josie Van Divier, Legend High School

21. Christopher E. Waid, Ponderosa High School

22. Lily Y. Xie, Highlands Ranch High School

September 15, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Schools

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