40 students from Chattanooga area named National Merit Semifinalists
Tellico Plains High School senior Joseph Bivens is making school history today.
Bivens is one of 40 area National Merit Semifinalists announced today
by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., and Tellico Plains Principal
Russell Harris believes the student is the first from the school to
achieve the academic honor.
Students began the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship process by
taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
during their junior year.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., 1.5 million
juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the country took the
Of those, 16,000 students scored high enough to qualify as
semifinalists -- less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors,
according to program officials. All semifinalists are now eligible to
compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships valued at $35 million.
Locally, Baylor School led the way with six semifinalists, closely
followed by McCallie School and Signal Mountain Middle-High School, each
"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. I am so proud of them and truly look forward to
following their college careers and their lives in the coming years,"
said Baylor School Headmaster Scott Wilson.
Sunday, August 20 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-08-20 19:21:22 GMT
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