Six McCallie seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists for 2018 by the National Merit Scholarship Program this month for their outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Semifinalist Qualifying Test in 2017. McCallie had the most National Merit Semifinalists of any school in the Chattanooga area.
Boarding students Chase Gaume, Andrew Landsbergen, Gavin LaPlace and Jaewon Sung along with day students Allen Liu and Ahmad Nisar were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, about 90 percent of of all National Merit Semifinalists are expected to complete the requirements required to reach Finalists standing, and half of all Finalists will be named Merit Scholar and earn one of the scholarships.
"These six students represent the outstanding level of scholarship that is a hallmark of this school and its academic curriculum," said Assistant Headmaster Kenny Sholl. "The hard work of guys like these combined with the efforts of an outstanding faculty make McCallie a truly exceptional school. We're grateful they and their parents chose McCallie."
As National Merit Semifinalists, Gaume, Landsbergen, LaPlace, Liu, Lott, Nisar and Sung are eligible to compete for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded next spring and are worth in excess of $33 million.
Approximately 1.4 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Those students reaching the Semifinalist level make up less than one percent of all high school seniors in the United States.