A renaissance student who has excelled in academics, the arts and athletics, Summit Country Day School senior Maria Luiso, Indian Hill, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist.
Maria is among 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program who are now in the running for about 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Maria is also one of four Summit students in the past year to achieve a perfect score on the ACT. After her junior year, her outstanding performance on Advanced Placement (AP) tests earned her recognition as an AP Scholar by the College Board. She is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
She has been a featured soloist in The Summit’s premier chorus, Camerata. She has performed on The Summit stage and took a leadership role in the Middle School production of Beauty and the Beast, helping with vocal coaching and choreography. She joined the cast of all-boys St. Xavier High School’s production of Legally Blonde and was a Cincinnati Overture Awards music semifinalist.
As a Silver Knight, Maria was a regional qualifier on the cross country team this year. She helped lead the girls’ team to a district runner-up finish and served as co-captain. She was a regional qualifier her junior year and also qualified for regionals in track and field in the spring.
Upper School religion teacher and cross country Coach Kurtis Smith said Maria is one of the most persistent and resilient young women he has known. “However,” he said. “Her greatest quality is her unending desire to help, educate and sympathize with her peers. She is a true servant leader who is always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.”
Among her service pursuits, Maria joined other Summit students on an Appalachian mission trip and helps the local homeless population through Our Daily Bread.
Maria is the sister of Summit Upper School religion teacher Megan Luiso.
National Merit semifinalists are selected based on performance in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test taken during their junior year. Finalists will be announced in the spring. In the past five years, 64 Summit students have been recognized by National Merit.
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