27 Douglas County students named National Merit semifinalists


Twenty-seven Douglas County School District students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, more than doubling the district's 12 semifinalists from a year ago.

Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors become National Merit semifinalists, who compete for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $31 million. The goal of the National Merit Scholarship Corp. is to honor the nation's scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

More than 1.6 million students entered the competition. Three types of National Merit scholarships will be offered in spring 2019 — 2,500 National Merit scholarships, 1,000 corporate-sponsored merit scholarships and 4,000 college-sponsored merit scholarships. Finalists will be announced in February.

The Douglas County semifinalists are:

Carson Archuleta, Mountain Vista High School

Linday Beil, Mountain Vista High School

Matthew Brown, ThunderRidge High School

Jacob Carlson, Rock Canyon High School

Madeleine Cassic, ThunderRidge High School

Derek Chen, Rock Canyon High School

Matt Chen, Rock Canyon High School

Sonia Chu, Rock Canyon High School

Calvin Ewing, Rock Canyon High School

Aldrin Feliciano, STEM School

Sarah Gates, Ponderosa High School

Brittney Hutchison, Rock Canyon High School

Valerie Kakos, SkyView Academy

Etash Kalra, Douglas County High School

Dale Kim, Rock Canyon High School

Justin Kopek, Douglas County High School

Benjamin Krawciw, STEM School

Gloria Lee, Rock Canyon High School

Amber Liu, Rock Canyon High School

Michael Loomer, Chaparral High School

Brian Ma, Mountain Vista High School

Isabelle Meredith, Rock Canyon High School

Victoria Messmore, Legend High School

Anila Narayana, Rock Canyon High School

Dane Rieber, Legend High School

Alexis Roth, ThunderRidge High School

Aubrey Schafer, ThunderRidge High School


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