Baylor Leads Area In National Merit Semifinalists

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Baylor's National Merit Semifinalists are, from left, Meghan Ray, Sophia Conwell, Austin Ngo, Ashley Augustine, Darby Schumacher and Jesse Fowler.
Baylor's National Merit Semifinalists are, from left, Meghan Ray, Sophia Conwell, Austin Ngo, Ashley Augustine, Darby Schumacher and Jesse Fowler.

Baylor takes the lead in the Chattanooga area again this year with six students qualifying as semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Baylor seniors Ashley Augustine, Sophia Conwell, Jesse Fowler, Austin Ngo, Meghan Ray and Darby Schumacher are this year’s honorees.  These academically talented students met the criteria when they were Baylor juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the initial screen of program entrants.

Baylor has had 46 semifinalists in the past five years, which is more than any private or public schools in the area.  Headmaster Scott Wilson attributes this statistic to hard-working and talented students and an exceptional faculty. 

“It is a privilege to work with students who are literally among the best in the nation; and, in turn, they have learned at the feet of an extraordinary faculty," said Headmaster Wilson.  "I am so proud of them and truly look forward to following their college careers and their lives in the coming years."

They are among the 16,000 highest scorers nationwide of the 1.5 million students who took the test, which evaluates critical reading, math, and writing skills.~ They now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring.


GNTC Holds Graduation Ceremony For Its Paralegal Certificate Program

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held a graduation ceremony for the Paralegal Certificate program at the auditorium on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. Paralegals are crucial members of a law firm’s team. They also have job opportunities in the legal departments of large corporations, government offices, and as independent contractors. Paralegals specialize ... (click for more)

Former Baylor School Headmaster Douglas Hale to Retire From Pennsylvania School

Douglas Hale, head of school at Mercersburg Academy in  Mercersburg, Pa., announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the  2015-2016 school year. Mr. Hale has served as Mercersburg’s head of school since his appointment in  1997. He went to Mercersburg after 24 years at Baylor School in  Chattanooga, where he had been a teacher, associate headmaster, ... (click for more)

Officials Expect MLK Boulevard Mural To Be Big Draw; Artist Apprentices To Be Hired For Project

Officials said Tuesday they expect a massive mural planned on a tall MLK Boulevard building by a renowned muralist will be a big draw for the area. City Councilman Moses Freeman said, "This is going to be a destination point. People are going to come here to see it. I guarantee it." He added, "She's world-renowned. We're going to be famous by having her work here." The ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Look At My April Garden

On this April Fool’s Day, as I take my monthly stroll through my virtual garden, there are gorgeous flowers and there are weeds, which appear to be trying harder than the flowers. So let’s see what we find before searching for “The Prize Egg” on Sunday. A FLOWER to the New York cab driver who told a young writer, “Always remember that everyone you meet knows something that you ... (click for more)