St. Luke's Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

The Nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state...

St. Luke’s seniors Dominic DeMarco (New Canaan) and Ajit Akole (Norwalk) were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.

“These young men consistently demonstrate the value of hard work and perseverance,” observed Head of School Mark Davis. “They’re obviously outstanding students, and they’re also kind, moral and generous people. Ajit and Dominic capture a work ethic and spirit that enable a relatively small school like St. Luke’s to secure two places in a highly competitive national program.”

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students qualify by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

According to the National Merit program, “All Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.” Demarco and Akole find out whether they advance to Finalist level in February.
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.