D38 students are constantly striving for excellence. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s mission is to acknowledge academically accomplished students in the U.S. Every school year, many LPSD high school students receive recognition.
This year, six high school students were selected for various acknowledgments. Two Palmer Ridge High School students, Alan Davis and Ashley Hardman, received the National Hispanic Recognition. In addition, they also received the National Rural and Small Town Recognition, including Palmer Ridge student Jevan Wiltz. Hardman also received the National Indigenous Recognition and Wiltz received the National African American Recognition.
Three Lewis-Palmer High School students, Anna Icke, Davis Saunders, and Allison Sobers, were selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, about 16,000 students qualify as semifinalists out of 50,000 students total. To become a finalist, students are evaluated based on academic records, PSAT/NMSQT scores, written recommendations, activities, leadership projects, and a written essay.