National Merit semifinalists include several from Chattanooga area

Several local students have been named as semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among 16,000 nationwide who can continue to compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million, to be offered next spring.

The school with the most such scholars was the private McCallie School.

“We are proud of our 10 National Merit semifinalists,” Head of School Lee Burns said in a statement. “Being named a National Merit semifinalist demonstrates hard work and dedication by these students, as well as excellent teaching and a challenging curriculum — all of which together bring out high levels of achievement in a school culture of high standards and serious pursuit of intellectual growth.”

The Chattanooga area semifinalists are:

Baylor School

Ziyang Xing

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

Vickie Song

Collegiate High

Othniel S. Kim

Ewan T. Manalo

Vraj P. Patel

Girls Preparatory School

Rowan A. Espy

Meghan G. Gardner

Anisha S. Phade

McCallie School

Samuel J. Baker

James J. Darby

Anirudhha S. Harsha

Aviral Jain

James C. Snoddy

Mark W. Spykerman

Owen D. Taggart

Vibin V. Vellanki

Rhys T. Woodard

Benjamin Y. Yang

STEM School

Taylor M. Donen

Cleveland High School

Bailey K. Johnson

Dayton home school

Zane L. Gates

Dalton (Ga.) High School

Nellie R. Gregg

Signal Mountain High School

Abigail C. Dungan

John Augustin Gibby

Jeffery Lin

Lydia R. Miller

— Compiled by Ricky Young