Olympian and DCDS Alum Kate Markgraf served as the guest speaker at award ceremony event.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., November 6, 2013 – Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), an independent, non-denominational, college preparatory school, honored 26 student-athletes for their academic and athletic achievements during the annual Scholar-Athlete Award Dinner held at The Reserve in Birmingham, Mich., on Tuesday, Nov. 5. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling proudly made the announcement.
The Scholar-Athlete Award Dinner is sponsored by the DCDS Blue & Gold Club, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the athletic and physical education activities of students attending Detroit Country Day School and specifically for improving and developing the capital plant for physical education and competitive athletics.
“The Detroit Country Day School motto is a sound mind in a sound body, and this fosters the scholar-athlete tradition. The awarded students exemplify our rich tradition of excellence in academics and athletics,” said Shilling. “From sailing and figure skating to football and cross country, we are very proud of our students who represent this value in all aspects of their educational experience.”
At the event, special guest speaker Olympian and distinguished DCDS Alumna Kate Markgraf shared her experiences about her steadfast journey to become a professional soccer player and Olympic athlete. A 1994 graduate of Detroit Country Day School, Markgraf won two gold and one silver medal in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games as a teammate and co-captain of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.
To apply for the Scholar-Athlete Award, each student submitted a resume highlighting academic and athletic honors, a personal essay and a recommendation letter from a coach, teacher or mentor. The 2013 scholar-athletes were selected through a panel review of each candidate’s credentials. This year’s Scholar-Athlete Award recipients include:
John Bergmann – Hockey and Lacrosse
Christopher Cantrell – Hockey and Lacrosse
Courtney Chennault – Field Hockey and Competitive Cheerleading
Mihir Dekhne – Football and Track and Field
Ali Hakim – Cross Country and Track and Field
Monika Hedni – Golf
Emily Herard – Basketball, Cross Country and Track and Field
Reed Lorimer – Lacrosse, Sailing and Skiing
Michelle Manning – Hockey and Soccer
Shayna Mehta – Skiing and Dance
Ellen Miller – Golf and Tennis
Chanel Murff – Volleyball and Track and Field
Charles Nino – Football and Hockey
Rishi Patel – Golf and Tennis
Daniel Pohl – Football and Lacrosse
Margaret Pyett – Swimming
Anjana Rajan – Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Marilyn Smith – Lacrosse, Soccer and Volleyball
Jessica Thomas – Cross Country, Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Zachary Walker – Football and Soccer
Madeline Weiner – Softball and Ice Skating
Tyler Wiegers – Football
Richard Wilson – Football and Track and Field
Brian Xu – Cross Country and Track and Field
Katherine Young – Crosse Country and Track and Field
David Yu – Swimming and Track and Field
Front Row: Madeline Weiner, Jessica Thomas, guest speaker Kate Markgraf, Michelle Manning, Katherine Young, Monika Hedni
Row 2: Zachary Walker, Tyler Wiegers, Richard Wilson Daniel Pohl, Marilyn Smith, Margaret Pyett, Chanel Murff, Ellen Miller, Christopher Cantrell, Emily Herard, Mihir Dekhne,
Back Row: Charles Nino, David Yu, Shayna Mehta, Rishi Patel, Anjana Rajan, John Bergmann, Reed Lorimer, Courtney Chennault, Ali Hakim, Brian Xu
DCDS Executive Director of Athletic Dan MacLean, Kate Markgraft, DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor 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 Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.