2020 National Merit semifinalists named

Winners of more than $31 million in scholarships to be selected in spring

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Posted 9/16/19

Semifinals in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous …

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2020 National Merit semifinalists named

Winners of more than $31 million in scholarships to be selected in spring

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Semifinals in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced.

The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education in a specific school.

Nationwide, about 16,000 students qualified as semifinalists. They will continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million in total. The winners will be named in the spring.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be awarded. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, which are awarded on a state-representational basis.

About 1,000 corporate Merit Scholarships will be provided by corporations and business organizations who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance about 4,100 college-sponsored awards for finalists who attend the sponsor institution.

Winners will be announced beginning in April 2020 through July.

Students in the Colorado Community Media coverage area who are semifinalists are:

Aurora

Cherokee Trail High School: Saurav S. Behera, William D. Harmon, Lily M. Messenger, Hannah Yoon

Grandview High School, Justin B. Crounse, Paxton G. Decker, Steven H. Oakes, Maxwell Prue, Amanda K. Smith, Michael S. Walker

Regis Jesuit High School, boys division: Nicholas P. Dermer, Jacob P. Storch, Ryan P. Tierney.

Regis Jesuit High School, girls division: Molly X. Bowers, Isalina Colsman

Broomfield

Jefferson Academy High School: Alan F. Sujansky

Legacy High School: Colin M. England, Sophia L. Hendrix, Ashley Miller, Faiza F. Shaik, Brynn E. Siles

Castle Rock

Douglas County High School: Kyle L. Lewis, Ramyukta P. Vakkalanka

Centennial

Arapahoe High School: Tanner W. Brummond, Delia G. Guilbert, Jalil T. Rezek, Andrew M. Wood

Eaglecrest High School: Anna R. Ames

Cherry Hills Village

Kent Denver School: Jude Barakat, Mika N. Fisher, Jeremy P. Gart, Eliot L. Hodges, Lauren R. Huttner, Ashley H. Kim, Jack London, Charlotte P. Mauger, Kayla M. Robertson, Christopher J. Tsai, Benjamin B. Zimmerman

Elizabeth

Elizabeth High School: Brandon Marshall

Golden

Golden High School: Natsumi L. Burde, Devin Christopher Prehn

Greenwood Village

Cherry Creek High School: Evelyn A. Bodoni, Gursimar S. Chadha, Zachary E. Chapman, Sophia Chen, Anna Cramer, Ana Gijon Van Linden, Rachel A. Gu, Nicole Hankovszky, Siddarth Ijju, Natalie R. Keller, Christopher W. Khoo, Malo R. Koob, Jacqueline Lasseter, Mia Malden, Austen T. Mazenko, Nathan J. Miao, Jamie J. Morgan, Ava N. Palicki, Abigail E. Peters, Annika V. Petras, Justin M. Rapp, Alex I. Schiff, William O. Scott, Vatsal S. Shrivastava, Fathima Z. Thathey, Zachary A. Wang, Emily Z. Zhang, Angela Zhao

Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch High School: Sophia C. Mickus, Isaac C. Resnikoff, Devin J. Warner

Mountain Vista High School: Andrew G. Burcham, Trevor W. Fox, Keelin D. Hunt, Christopher M. Kraft, Allison J. O’Brien

Rock Canyon High School: Jayendra S. Chauhan, Derek B. Fearon, Viyan A. Giri, Hope E. James, Ashley S. Kozlowski, Wesley Shih, Sage J. Wheeler, Felix S. Wilton, Emily Yi, Vivian Zheng

Skyview Academy: Rachel K. Bigler, Anand M. Chundi

ThunderRidge High School: Brady D. LeJeune-DeAcutis, Reed A. Rohr, Melanie Z. Zhou

Valor Christian High School: Gregory A. Natvig

Littleton

Chatfield High School: Sara G. Kim, Owen E. Petruzzi, Nicholas T. Stone

Columbine High School: Josephine Cao

Dakota Ridge High School: Marco E. Cordero

Parker

Legend High School: Rachel K. Absher

Ponderosa High School: Kayla H. Fairweather, Thomas Starr

Thornton

Horizon High School: Bridget Ediger

The Pinnacle Charter School: Dylan R. Carter

Stargate Charter School: Joseph R. Claver, Aditya Shankarling, Jacob C. Tow

Westminster

Standley Lake High School: Erin E. Paik, Aimee Yan

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