Luke Martin Named US Presidential Scholars Semifinalist
When Luke Martin puts on his cap and gown for graduation in two weeks, he’s likely to blend in with the rest of his classmates. But, as anyone who knows him will tell you, Luke Martin stands in a class of his own. With a stellar academic career at Spartanburg High School and a resume of accomplishments that reflects his prowess in and out of the classroom, Martin can also claim the distinction of being named one of only 17 semifinalists in South Carolina to be singled out for the nation’s prestigious United States Presidential Scholars Program.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President. The Program recognizes and honors the nation’s most outstanding graduating high school seniors, and in 1979 was extended to honor students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars from an initial pool of 5,100 candidates..
As a student-athlete, a member of student council and the President of the Interact Club, Martin has distinguished himself as a school leader. A member of both the soccer and swim team (he was Captain of the swim team his senior year), Martin has also taken advantage of the comprehensive arts program at SHS and is the principal chair of the viola with the high school chamber and orchestra, According to Spartanburg High School Principal Jeff Stevens, Luke is the student who embodies the very best of District 7’s values. “If I had to use one word to describe Luke, it would be humble,” said Stevens. “Luke is completely unassuming. He’s invested his time and energy in all the right things and wherever he goes and whatever he does, he’s going to stand out as the guy who takes full advantage of every opportunity to better himself and to contribute to his community.”
In fall 2017 Martin will attend Centre College in Danville Kentucky where he’s been named to the Brown Fellows Program. Brown Fellows are awarded full-ride scholarships and are provided four summer enrichment experiences beginning the summer before their first year at Center. The Brown Fellows program is the premier scholarship and enrichment program in Kentucky and one of the nation’s most elite fellowship programs.