Eight McCallie Students Honored As National Merit Finalists

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Eight McCallie School seniors were honored as National Merit Finalists for their outstanding achievements on the Preliminary SAT. McCallie’s 2013 National Merit Finalists include: Bowen Brown from Ringgold; Alex Elsea of Chattanooga; Aaron Long, Signal Mountain; Alex Ramey, Lookout Mountain; Scott Shelton, Hixson; Joseph Tate, Flintstone; Eric Wolf, Cleveland; and boarding student Mike Ray of Cincinnati. 

National Merit Finalists are eligible for – and slightly more than half will receive –  National Merit scholarships, which will be announced in April, May and July.

 More than 1.5 million students entered the 2012 National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The finalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in the country on the qualifying test. 

“This is an outstanding personal achievement for these boys,” Headmaster Kirk Walker ’69 said. “We are certainly proud of their accomplishments.”

 

Additionally, Julian Nunally of Chattanooga was named a National Achievement Scholar and is one of about 800 who will compete for over $2.5 million in scholarship money to be awarded this spring. The National Achievement Scholarship program helps provide academic recognition to promising African-American high school students. 

McCallie boasts 23 National Merit Finalists in the last four years, or nearly six per school year over that span. During the 2012-13 school year, 19 seniors were recognized as either National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Scholars.


Dan Lothian To Present Lecture Series At UTC

Dan Lothian is returning to Chattanooga, where he went to college and got his first job as a general assignment reporter at WDEF-News 12.  The seasoned journalist, formerly a correspondent for CNN and now the owner of Dan Lothian Media, will begin a two-year series of guest lectures at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the Department of Communication.   ... (click for more)

U.S. News Places Bryan No. 22 In South

This week U.S. News has released the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings, the 30th edition of this ranking, and its analytics platform, Academic Insights, placed Bryan College as no. 22 in the Regional Colleges South Rankings. According to their website, Academic Insights is a “peer benchmarking and performance assessment tool” that “allows college, university and graduate school administrators ... (click for more)

City Receives $400,000 Federal Grant To Study Passenger Train Service

The United States Department of Transportation has announced Chattanooga has received a $400,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to study the potential use of existing railways for a passenger rail system in Chattanooga. There were 72 awards announced in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Out of numerous grant applications across Tennessee, ... (click for more)

Former Assistant Police Chief Eidson Not Charged In Shooting Of Stepson On Englewood Avenue

Former Chattanooga Police Department Assistant Chief Kirk Eidson was not charged in the shooting of stepson Robert Ingle, 18, on Sunday morning in North Chattanooga. However, Ingle was charged with domestic assault and vandalism. In the incident shortly after 9 a.m. at 1049 Englewood Ave., Mr. Eidson said Ingle came to the house asking him to take him to their other house ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)