Tucker Leavitt, Class of 2013 at Animas High School, is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, officials recently announced.
In a news release, Michael Ackerman, spokesman for Animas High School, said “Tucker’s scholastic efforts and his commitment to academic excellence make him an excellent selection. As Durango’s only semifinalist this year, we are excited that Animas High School and our community are represented by such an upstanding and inspirational young scholar,” the release stated.
Leavitt, son of Holly Shure and Richard Leavitt, will be one of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program to compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.