Three McCallie seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists for 2017 by the National Merit Scholarship Program this month for their outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Semifinalist Qualifying Test in 2016.
Day students Maclain Aslinger and Andrew Aultman, along with boarding student Nathaniel Little from Atlanta, were named as three of 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 three 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, Aslinger, Aultman and Little 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 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 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.
"We are proud of the success these young men have had with this national test," Dean of Academics Sumner McCallie said. "They are in a rarified group. Even more, we are impressed with how each has contributed to classes, extra-curricular activities, and school. They represent some of the best of McCallie."