Catholic News Herald

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CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Catholic High School senior Luke Santschi has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Santschi had received nominations letters for both the Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and Congressman Richard Hudson.

He is a member of the high school band’s drum line, an Eagle Scout, a member of the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council, and an avid soccer player. In all of these activities, he strives to be an effective leader and a friend to all he encounters. In addition, he volunteers for the Missionaries of Charity’s summer camp, a refugee relief agency that helps immigrant children settle in the U.S. He particularly enjoys math, science and engineering classes, and he hopes to pursue a career in maritime service with an emphasis on marine engineering, naval architecture and technology.

“Luke Santschi is an intellectual, confident and responsible student leader,” said Sandy Needham, school counselor. “His close family has made him a well-grounded individual who is extremely loyal to family and friends. Overall, he is an outstanding academic student, musician, athlete and leader.”
— Carolyn Kramer Tillman