Princeton Day School is delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our Middle School students: Hope Jerris '21, Saahith Potluri '21, Tharun Potluri '21, Veronica Li '22, Summer Qureshi '22, and Arjun Ray '24.
This past weekend four students performed a concert with the Central Jersey All Region Band. All Region Band is a select, audition-only ensemble comprised of the best students from all over central New Jersey. More than 2,000 kids auditioned this year, leading to stiff competition in each section. MS music teacher Channing McCullough reported that Veronica Li '22 earned 2nd chair on clarinet in the Wind Ensemble; Saahith Potluri '21 earned 1st chair in the Wind Ensemble, distinguishing him officially as the strongest bass clarinetist in our area; Hope Jerris '21 earned a spot on horn in the Symphonic Band; and Tharun Potluri '21 earned a position in the percussion section of the Symphonic Band. Ms. McCullough went on to say, "The concerts were so spectacular it was easy to forget the musicians were middle school students and not professionals."
In other news, Summer Qureshi '22 participated in the New Jersey National History Day competition, and won again this year in the Mercer County regional competition. She was one of two winners in the junior individual performance category (all of grades 6-8) on her chosen topic, Taking A Stand in History: Brown versus Board of Education. Summer will advance to state level competition in May.
PDS is home to another aspiring chef: Arjun Ray '24, will be featured as a contestant on Wednesday's episode of Chopped Junior, which will air tonight at 8:00 p.m. on Food Network. Arjun will demonstrate his cooking skills during the show's first-ever "Make Me a Judge" tournament. Here is a recent article in Princeton Patch with more information.