School district boasts Boettcher, National Merit winners

Douglas County schools list five students being recognized


Five students from Douglas County schools were named National Merit Scholars, and two more received Boettcher Scholarships.

The five Douglas County recipients of National Merit scholarship were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists, according to a news release. They will receive $2,500 scholarships.

The recipients are

Matthew Brown from ThunderRidge High School. Brown will pursue the biomedical engineering field.

Sonia Chu from Rock Canyon High School. Chu plans to study mathematics.

Dale Kim from Rock Canyon High School. Kim plans to pursue the biomedical engineering field.

Brian Ma from Mountain Vista High School. Ma plan to study medicine.

Michael Loomer from Chaparral High School. Loomer plans to study biochemistry.

More than 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Recipients of the National Merit college-sponsored scholarships will be announced in June and July.

Out of the nearly 1,500 Colorado students who applied for the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, two were awarded from Douglas County, according to a news release.

Etash Kalra from Douglas County High School will attend the University of Colorado

Anila Narayana from Rock Canyon High School will attend the University of Colorado.

Boettcher scholars receive a four-year scholarship that includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of their choice — full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses.

“The Boettcher Foundation invests in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans, and these students represent the very best of our state,” Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, said in the release. “We are delighted that they have committed to attending Colorado universities.”

Scholars are selected based on academics, service, leadership and character.


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