Detroit Country Day School Students Named 2015 National Merit and Achievement Semifinalists

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Twenty-four students recognized as some of the highest achieving entrants in the state

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich., Oct. 1, 2014– Detroit Country Day School (DCDS) announced that 24 senior class students were named 2015 National Merit and Achievement Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to compete for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for this achievement, which reflects a high level of individual scholarship,” said Shilling. “At the same time, this honor also speaks to the superior college preparatory education cultivated by our faculty, students and their families at Detroit Country Day School.”

Semifinalists are categorized as the highest scoring entrants in each state. More than 1.4 million junior class students entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In order to qualify as a semifinalist, students must score well on the qualifying test, earn SAT scores that validate the student’s performance on the qualifying test, possess an outstanding academic record throughout high school, and be recommended by the high school principal. The finalists’ scholarships will be presented in spring 2015.

The 2015 DCDS National Merit and Achievement Semifinalists include:

Harish Atluri – resident of Bloomfield Hills

Donald Bailey – resident of Bloomfield Hills

David Bernabei – resident of Bloomfield Township

Karthik Bhandarkar – resident of Bloomfield Hills

Jacqueline Bredenberg – resident of Royal Oak

Patrick Chen – resident of Northville

Nick Choksi – resident of Farmington Hills

Zenny Chu – resident of Farmington Hills

Aarush Garg – resident of West Bloomfield

Jackson Hartje – resident of Bloomfield Hills

Naveen Jasti – resident of Troy

Juhi Katta – resident of Farmington Hills

Neil Khandwala – resident of Franklin

Diana Lu – resident of Farmington Hills

Vivek Nair – resident of Beverly Hills

Rishabh Nayak – resident of Bloomfield Hills

James Obermaier – resident of Northville

Sreehari Panicker – resident of Troy

Anand Prabhu – resident of Bloomfield Hills

Brian Qian – resident of Novi

Michael Shao – resident of Northville

Derek Suo – resident of West Bloomfield

Elijah Taylor – resident of Birmingham

Jordan Tebbe – resident of Northville

To download a photo of the 24 students, please click the image below.

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Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic rigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For additional information, please visit


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