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Twenty-Three Jeffco National Merit Semifinalists, Six from D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

Twenty-Three Jeffco National Merit Semifinalists, Six from D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
Posted on 09/17/2018

National Merit SemifinalistsD’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School recently received notification that six members of the Class of 2019 have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, which represents 4 percent of their graduating class. Nationwide, only 1 percent of students taking the National Merit qualifying exam are awarded this prestigious recognition each year. Congratulations to D’Evelyn seniors Samantha Bakes, Cadence Fisher, Emma Dukesherer, Alan Li, Rory Devin, and Ian Widmann for earning the recognition as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

“The semifinalist recognition received by these six outstanding students reflects their intellect, work ethic, and commitment to excellence,” said D’Evelyn principal Josh Griffin. “The accomplishments of these six students highlights what can be accomplished when students dedicate themselves to excellence in a strong, liberal arts program.”

The six D’Evelyn students were among 23 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists attending Jeffco Public Schools, and the 221 students recognized across the state of Colorado for the 2018-19 school year. In the D’Evelyn Class of 2018, seven students were recognized as National Merit Scholarship winners, representing 5 percent of their graduating class.

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program recognized approximately 16,000 students from a pool of 1.6 million students as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. This group of students is chosen from approximately 50,000 Commended Students, roughly 3 percent of all eligible students. The semifinalists are invited to submit an application to earn finalist status. Finalists are eligible to receive a variety of academic awards/scholarships.

Seventeen other students from throughout the district were also named semifinalists. Congratulations to:

  • Madison Pixler, Arvada West High School
  • Benjamin Brandt, Ralston Valley High School
  • Jessica Oudakker, Conifer High School
  • Ellen Wight, Conifer High School
  • Sydney Gilbert, Evergreen High School
  • Colter Snyder, Evergreen High School
  • Samantha Toeque, Evergreen High School
  • Kai-Shen Deru, Compass Montessori
  • Zachary Chorny, Golden High School
  • Christian Glatz, Lakewood High School
  • Kevin May, Lakewood High School
  • Caleb Bristol, Chatfield High School
  • Madeline Wessels, Columbine High School
  • Cole Gibson, Dakota Ridge High School
  • Samuel Mills, Dakota Ridge High School
  • Emily Butler, Standley Lake High School
  • Isaac Fernald, Wheat Ridge High School
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