Local students among Baylor’s merit semifinalists
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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.
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Two Cleveland residents are among Baylor School's six national merit semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Baylor seniors Ashley Augustine and Austin Ngo, both of Cleveland, join classmates Sophia Conwell, Jesse Fowler, Meghan Ray and Darby Schumacher of Hixson as 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 (PSAT/NMSQT), the initial screening for program entrants.

Baylor takes the lead in the Chattanooga area again this year, with six students qualifying as semifinalists. The private college preparatory school 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. I am so proud of them and truly look forward to following their college careers and their lives in the coming years," Wilson said.

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.