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.


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