Luke T. WatsonSchool: Wilde Lake High School at River...

STUDENT STANDOUT

March 12, 1995

Luke T. Watson

School: Wilde Lake High School at River Hill

Hometown: Columbia

Age: 17

Luke, a senior, has a grade point average of 4.0. He is in the Gifted and Talented/Honor Program, is a National Merit Scholar and Commended Student and took Honorable Mention, Maryland Distinguished Scholar.

He is active in athletics at Wilde Lake. He was on the Howard County All-Academic Indoor Track team in 1993-1994 and All-Academic Outdoor Track team in 1994.

He has run varsity indoor track all four years and is captain this year. He was on the varsity outdoor track team for three years.

He ran on the 400=meter relay team that took the state championship in 1993.

In football, Luke was on the junior varsity county championship team in 1991. He played JV football in 1992 and has been on the varsity team since 1993.

Outside school, Luke swims on the Clary's Forest/Hawthorne Sundevils Swim Team. He has been a member since 1991. He took first place in the 50-meter backstroke during the Summer Classic in 1991. His best events are the back stroke and breast stroke.

Luke is involved in several extracurricular activities. Among them are the National Honor Society, 1993-94; the school newspaper staff, 1993; and the Sophomore and Junior and Senior Class Councils. He was a foreign exchange program host from 1992-1994.

He was a winner in the high schools' MagLev Car Design/Speed Competition in 1993. As part of the school's physics curriculum, the students design cars that run on a track made from opposing magnetic fields.

Luke has been a member of the Grace Community Church Youth Group in Columbia and Navigators High School Ministry for four years and is a second- and third-grade Sunday School teacher.

He has been on summer mission trips through his church and visited Ecuador in 1993 and Trinidad in 1994. He is also involved with Adopt-A-Family programs through the National Honor Society.

His leadership skills have been honed on class council, as a youth leader at his church and with the Navigators High School Ministry, a nationwide Christian organization, and with the Peer Ministry Team. He is a Bible study leader with his church and the Navigators.

Luke started his own lawn care business in 1989 and worked for a pool installer last summer. He also does child care, animal care and home repair and improvements.

Luke's parents are Paul and Susan Watson. He has two siblings, Forrest, 12 and Ariell, 5.

Plans: Luke was nominated by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin to the Naval Academy and was given an early appointment. He said he has always been interested in the military and is anticipating entering the academy June 30.

His comments: On balancing his studies, sports and church involvements, Luke said "Its not that hard to balance. You just have to budget your time and get on a good schedule and stick to it."

Send nominations to Jill L. Kubatko, Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number for the student.

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