More than 1.5 million students entered the 2012 National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The finalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in the country on the qualifying test.
“This is an outstanding personal achievement for these boys,” Headmaster Kirk Walker said. “We are certainly proud of their accomplishments.”
A day student at McCallie, Eric is the son of Dr. Steve and Julianne Wolf of Cleveland. Joining Eric as one of McCallie’s eight National Merit Finalists are: Bowen Brown from Ringgold; Alex Elsea of Chattanooga; Aaron Long of Signal Mountain; Alex Ramey, Lookout Mountain; Scott Shelton, Hixson; Joseph Tate, Flintstone, Ga.; and boarding student Mike Ray from Cincinnati.
Additionally, Julian Nunally of Chattanooga was named a National Achievement Scholar and is one of about 800 who will compete for over $2.5 million in scholarship money to be awarded this spring. The National Achievement Scholarship program helps provide academic recognition to promising African-American high school students.
McCallie boasts 23 National Merit Finalists in the last four years, or nearly six per school year over that span. During the 2012-13 school year, 19 seniors were recognized as either National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Scholars.