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Ten Seniors Named as National Merit Semifinalists

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National Merit Semifinalists for the class of 2023


Ten McCallie School seniors have been chosen as National Merit Semifinalists for 2023 by the National Merit Scholarship Program. The selection is based on the scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Semifinalist Qualifying Test they took last spring.

The McCallie Scholars are:
Sam Baker, son of Keith and Sarah Baker
Jack Darby, son of Ferrell and Margaret Darby
Ani Harsha, son of Sathyanarayana Harsha and Sunitha Siddaramu
Aviral Jain, son of Vikas Jain and Neetu Gupta
Cotton Snoddy, son of David and Abby Snoddy
Wes Spykerman, son of Mark and Virginia Spykerman
Owen Taggart, son of Andrew and Lori Taggart
Vibin Vellanki, son of Ravi and Lata Vellanki
Rhys Woodard, son of Kenneth and Kelly Woodard
Benjamin Yang, son of Kevin Yang and Lucy Lu

The McCallie winners were among 16,000 students nationwide who were recognized as Semifinalists. Close to 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to complete the requirements to reach Finalist standing, and half of all Finalists will be named Merit Scholars and receive college scholarships.

“These young men continue the long tradition at McCallie of producing exceptional scholars and leaders,” said Head of School Lee Burns. "They represent the breadth and depth of McCallie and of McCallie students, coming from both our boarding and day programs, with differing academic and extracurricular interests. We are proud of each and every one of them."

The 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide represent less than one percent of close to 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Those who will be named Merit Scholars will be given $2,500 scholarships, plus be eligible for related scholarships given by colleges and universities as well as corporations and business organizations.

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