UCHS Student Named National Merit Scholar

Luke Babich, a senior at University City High School, will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Luke Babich, a senior at , has been named a National Merit Scholar and recipient of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship.

“Luke has been an exemplary student and student leader throughout his four years at University City High School,” said Dayle Burgdorf, interim principal of UCHS. “Congratulations to him on earning the honor of National Merit Scholar, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Babich is involved in many extracurricular activities, including serving as student council president for the past year and participating in Future Business Leaders of America and the UCHS Latin Club. With his performance in the senior play, Almost Maine, Babich has performed in more UCHS theatrical productions than any student in the known history of the school. Babich has been accepted to Stanford, where he plans to study political science.

“I’m proud and honored to represent my school as a National Merit Scholar,” said Babich.

Babich was one of approximately 15,000 students nationwide to be named National Merit Finalists in February. Of those finalists, approximately 8,300 students will be named Merit Scholars. The announcement of National Merit $2500 Scholarship awards is the first of several announcements regarding Merit Scholars that will occur from May through July.

Additional UCHS students who were honored through the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Programs include:

  • National Merit Finalist Joseph Egan
  • National Merit Commended Scholars Daniel Egan and Samuel Katz
  • National Achievement Semi-Finalist Alex Yentumi.
Kim May 03, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Fantastic! Congratulations Luke!
Lisa Hummel May 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Congratulations to Luke and the other honored students. Their achievements represent the results of years of focus, hard work, and commitment to learning. I wish them all continued success. And kudos to the teachers at U. City who have kept their standards high and helped these students to achieve this level of excellence. As a district, we should constantly strive to make this a possibility for our students by providing tough, demanding courses that prepare students for the highest level of academics.


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