DCSD Home to 29 National Merit Semifinalists

DCSD Home to 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted on 09/15/2023

Douglas County School District (DCSD) is pleased to announce the names of 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students advance in the competition, which awards 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million.

The goal of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring and summer of 2024:

  • 2,500 National Merit Scholarships
  • 840 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships
  • 3,800 College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

Finalists will be announced in February, with National Merit Scholarship winners announced in the months to follow. Congratulations to these outstanding DCSD students!

  1. Gavin Banks, ThunderRidge High
  2. Audrey Chang, Mountain Vista High
  3. Nehal Choudhary, Rock Canyon High
  4. Cathryn Church, Mountain Vista High
  5. Samantha Conca, Mountain Vista High
  6. Philip Dobranowski, Rock Canyon High
  7. Camden Eaton, Chaparral High
  8. Luke Gailloux, Mountain Vista High
  9. Annie Gao, Rock Canyon High
  10. Aidan Goodman-Scott, Ponderosa High
  11. Lee Guiberson, Rock Canyon High
  12. Adarsh Kalyan, Rock Canyon High
  13. Shloka Kandukuri, Rock Canyon High
  14. Nathan Kim, Rock Canyon High
  15. Andrew McDowell, ThunderRidge High
  16. Spencer Neucks, STEM School
  17. Quynh-Anh Nguyen, Mountain Vista High
  18. Ismoil Nosirov, Chaparral High
  19. Luke Pauka, STEM School
  20. Curtis Preedom, Legend High
  21. Leo Rasmussen, Mountain Vista High
  22. Aryav Rastogi, Rock Canyon High
  23. Liliana Smith, Mountain Vista High
  24. Alicia Tan, Rock Canyon High
  25. Payton Tereick, Highlands Ranch High
  26. Vinisha Tripathi, Mountain Vista High
  27. Morgan Underwood, Legend High
  28. Nandhana Vivek, Legend High
  29. Mae Webster, Highlands Ranch High

View the DCSD 2024 Scholarship Semifinalists page.

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