Marana High School Senior named National Merit Scholarship winner

Marana High School Senior named National Merit Scholarship winner
Luke Sorensen, senior at Marana High School and National Merit Scholarship winner (Source: Marana Unified School District)

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Luke Sorensen, a Marana High School senior, has been named a National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winner in the in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Luke is graduating as Valedictorian of his class. He plans to attend Harvard University and pursue software engineering. Luke is appreciative of his peers and passionate teachers at Marana High School, all of whom encouraged him to become the best that he could possibly be. He believes the teachers and the entire school's culture is what drives students forward. From engaging in deeply intellectual conversations to forming several lifelong friendships, he grew alongside his classmates, becoming well prepared for whatever may come his way. On a daily basis, he says that Marana High School has been a family eager to aid in his development as both a student and a human being, a family that he will remember wherever he goes. Luke has earned several awards and scholarships including:

- Harvard College: Harvard Faculty Scholarship, $61,794 per year
- Start-Up Grant, $2,000
- National Merit Scholarship Corporation: National Merit Scholarship, $2,500
- Elks National Foundation: Semi-finalist Most Valuable Student scholarship, $1000 per year
- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Free Speech Essay Contest - 3rd Place, $1,000
- CollegePoint: CollegePoint School Awards, $400

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation:

This year's competition began when approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program to compete for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $31 million. From there the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation's high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

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