In yet another highly competitive year, the DJDS Class of 2017 has shown tremendous promise with acceptances to a number of prestigious institutions. Ten of the 19 students in the Class of 2017 are graduating with a Distinction in Judaic Studies, several students will be traveling abroad in top-tier programs and two students have also received National Merit honors. It is truly safe to say that the Class of 2017 has gone above and beyond with their leadership abilities and academic capabilities.
Ely Merenstein, who will attend Colorado College in the Fall, has been named a 2017 National Merit Scholar. Classmate Avi Kaye, who will attend Stanford, has been named a National Merit Commended Scholar.
Ely Merenstein (Left) and Avi Kaye (Right).
“We are extremely proud of Ely and Avi for their tremendous accomplishments,” says DJDS College Counselor Ceci Lowinger. “This year’s entire graduating class is an exemplary one, and their hard work and dedication has been reflected in the options that each student has. Several students will be traveling abroad for a gap year, and one student will be making aliyah to Israel to join the Israel Defense Forces. Our Class of 2017 earned over $1.6 million in merit scholarships.”
“During my high school career at Denver Jewish Day School, I’ve spent a lot of time growing as a person and as a community member. Being chosen as a National Merit Scholar recognizes this, and I’m very grateful for that recognition,” says Ely Merenstein.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization based in Evanston, Illinois. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
The test screens more than 1.6 million program entrants from more than 22,000 high schools in the United States, measuring critical reading ability, mathematics problem-solving ability, and writing ability, rather than existing knowledge. Of these, only about 34,000 students are named commended scholars. Of the 15,000 Finalists, about 8,000 receive Merit Scholarship awards.
We wish the Class of 2017 nothing but the best with all of their future endeavors. Here is a list College Acceptances for the Class of 2017: Bard College, Brown University, Brandeis University, Carleton College, Case Western Reserve, Creighton University, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Drew University, Duke University, Emory University, George Washington University, Goucher College, Indiana University, Lehigh University, Lewis and Clark College, Oberlin College, Rutgers University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Arizona, University of California/Los Angeles, University of California/San Diego, University of Colorado/Boulder (including Honors Business and Honors Engineering), University of Denver, University of Kansas, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Washington University/St. Louis, and Yeshiva University. Students have also been waitlisted at Bowdoin, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, NYU, Princeton and Vanderbilt.