DCS senior Jacob Harris has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, moving up from the Semifinalist honor he received this past fall. He is now in competition for one of 7,500 scholarships to be awarded nationwide later this spring.
To become a finalist and ultimately win a scholarship, students are judged on several criteria, including academic performance, SAT scores, recommendations and their application to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Jacob plans to study physics in college, with an eye toward a career as a researcher in astrophysics or microphysics at the subatomic level. Physics was not always on his radar, but Jacob said a DCS high school science and math teacher, Eric Dornbush, “gave me the spark. I credit Mr. Dornbush for my interest in physics. He made it engaging and enjoyable and allowed me to see it as a career opportunity.”
“There is no doubt that Jacob is an exceptional student,” Dornbush said. “How does he stand out? Firstly, he seems to memorize everything, whether it’s an equation, definition or random detail. Secondly, and more impressively, he is consistently able to make the connections between what was taught in class and how to apply it to new scenarios. He is an elite problem solver and critical thinker.”