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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