GPS, McCallie Reveal 10 Semifinalists In 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Friday, September 15, 2017
From left, front row, GPS students Sophie Veys, Tatiana Poggi, Kate Thel, and Margaret Lim. Back row, from left, McCallie students Chase Gaume, Gavin LaPlace, Andrew Landsbergen, Allen Liu, Jaewon Sung, and Ahmad Nisar.
From left, front row, GPS students Sophie Veys, Tatiana Poggi, Kate Thel, and Margaret Lim. Back row, from left, McCallie students Chase Gaume, Gavin LaPlace, Andrew Landsbergen, Allen Liu, Jaewon Sung, and Ahmad Nisar.

Girls Preparatory School and McCallie School announce 10 semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Chattanooga-area residents attending GPS, seniors Margaret Lim, Tatiana Poggi, Kathryn “Kate” Thel, and Sophie Veys, join McCallie boarding students Chase Gaume, Andrew Landsbergen, Gavin LaPlace, and Jaewon Sung along with day students Allen Liu and Ahmad Nisar as 10 of the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide achieving this honor. 

"These students represent the outstanding level of scholarship that is a hallmark of these schools," says Kenny Sholl, McCallie School assistant headmaster. "The hard work of these young people combined with the efforts of outstanding teachers has paid off for these students who represent the very highest levels of academic achievement." 

As recognized academically talented high school seniors, these students will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be awarded spring 2018. Approximately 90 percent of semifinalists will attain finalist standing; about half of the finalists go on to win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.  

“The GPS community is so proud of these four young women who have been recognized by the National Merit Program for their academic abilities,” says Dr. Autumn Graves, GPS head of school. “Their selection represents the culmination of many years of dedication to their academic growth and is a testament to their natural gifts, sense of curiosity, and hard work. In partnership with their families, GPS provides an environment that nurtures their talents and helps them become the best version of themselves.” 

Semifinalists represent fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state. A semifinalist must also have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by his or her high school official, submit an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT.  

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. Finalists will be announced in February 2018; National Merit Scholarships awards will follow in the spring. 


TNStars To Offer Scholarship Opportunity At Hamilton County Fair

The TNStars College Savings 529 Program will host a booth at the Hamilton County Fair this weekend where fair attendees will have the opportunity to win a college savings scholarship. The booth will be at the fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visitors may guess the amount of money for a chance to win. The person with the closest guess will win a scholarship equal ... (click for more)

Bryan College Ranked 4th Best College In Tennessee

Bryan College has ranked fourth in a Best Colleges in Tennessee for 2018 by College Consensus.  The College came in fourth behind Vanderbilt, Sewanee and Rhodes College.   "This honor is very humbling for us,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, president of Bryan College. “This is not only a testament to the hard work of so many, but also shows the relevance of our graduates ... (click for more)

Girl Killed When Vehicle Is Struck From The Rear On Cummings Highway In Lookout Valley

A girl was killed when a vehicle was rear-ended while waiting to turn into the new Taco Bell on Cummings Highway in Lookout Valley late Monday afternoon. Four vehicles wound up being involved in the 5:18 p.m. crash, and several people were taken to the hospital. On 09/24/2018 at approximately 5:18 p.m. a fatal injury crash occurred at 3210 Cummings Highway . Traffic ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Killed By Hit And Run Driver On Lee Highway On Monday Night

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on Lee Highway on Monday night. At 8:49 p.m., Chattanooga Police Traffic was notified about a possible pedestrian struck at    7356 Lee Highway. The caller said she was driving south on Lee Highway and noticed a shoe in the center turning lane and a body in the ditch. Hamilton County EMS arrived on ... (click for more)

Why I'm Voting Republican And So Should You

For much of my life, the commitment to the Democratic Party has puzzled me. I was raised to analyze both sides of issues and to make an intelligent decision based upon that information. The values of self-reliance, hard work, and individual liberty that I grew up with were the same American values that have made this country exceptional. As I have grown older, I have witnessed ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT’s Genius Stroke

If all goes as (very carefully) planned, the most dynamic president to be hired at the University of Tennessee since the legendary Andy Holt retired in 1970, will be ushered into office today by the university’s board of trustees. The selection of Randy Boyd to take over his ala mater is a genius stroke and certainly seems to solidify two of life’s greatest truths. The first ... (click for more)