A National Merit Commended Scholar, member of the National Honor Society and science researcher, The Summit Country Day School senior Luke Ritter, Anderson Township, has been selected as a candidate for a corporate Fifth Third Foundation scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The Summit is intentional about challenging all its students to develop into leaders of character who value and improve the world they inherit. With his sights set on a career in the medical field, Luke is working to do just that.
He has spent summers at camps for engineering and taken a java programming course. As part of The Summit’s Science Research Institute, Luke studied clinical orthopaedics with Dr. Roger Cornwall at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The goal of his research was to use primate evolutionary history and anatomy to justify the claim that the wrist has never been built to bear large amounts of weight at extreme angles.
“The most important value I learned was the ability to connect seemingly different topics together,” Luke said of his research. “My research involved so many different areas of expertise such as orthopedics, zoology, evolution and sports medicine that I had to gradually piece the information together and really develop an understanding of what I was doing and why. The knowledge I have gained has been invaluable and I really appreciate the great opportunity I was given.”
With his interests centering on how humans and animals function, Luke enjoys reading surgical manuals in his spare time.
Well-rounded, he’s played soccer and lacrosse, been a senior retreat leader and volunteered with the Special Olympics and at Stepping Stones, a non-profit organization that seeks to increase independence, improve lives and promote inclusion for children and adults with disabilities.