Boulder Valley School District

National Merit Semifinalists Named for 2019: 38 BVSD students make list for scholarship competition

Randy Barber

The names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program were announced in September by officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth about $31 million, that will be offered next spring.

Boulder Valley School District is pleased to announce the names of our 38 semifinalists:

Boulder High School
Tor Holck
Louis Jaeckle
Kenneth Jew
Milo Lewon
Riley Oxnard
Hendrik Peters
Irby Wilcox-O'Hearn
Suhana Zeutzius

Broomfield High School
Shu Yuh (Sherry) Nyeo
Centaurus High School
Kira Biener
Allison Macdonald
Aidan O'Connell
Jack Stade
Samantha Webb

Fairview High School 
Jaron Berman
Seth Berman
Chloe Brasket
Annika Dombrowski
Elia Gorokhovsky
Ian Greene
Vanessa Haggans
Stanislav Irisov
Samuel Jarvis
Shreyas Kadekodi
Cynthia Lin
John Parker
Connor Parkes
Sophie Woods
Aaron Yang
Youngbin Yoon 

Monarch High School
Jessica Hannebert
Grace Wade-Stein

Peak to Peak Charter School
Naomi Burns
Capri Huffman
Isabella Sicker
William "Kai" Stahoviak
Isaac Van Tol
Brian Wee

BVSD congratulates all of these 38 semifinalists and wishes them success in the next stage of the competition.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

The students and the school will be notified by mid-February of their selection as a National Merit Finalist.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Learn more at the National Merit website -


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