French scholarship: St. Luke's student in New Canaan wins

St. Luke's School student, and American Society of the French Academic Palms Scholarship Recipient Marguerite DeMarco, from the St. Luke's School Class of 2021, is pictured with St. Luke's School's Upper School World Language Department Chair, and French Teacher Jon Shee, (left), and Upper School French teacher Evan Downey, (right). St. Luke' School is located at 377 N. Wilton Road in New Canaan.

St. Luke's School student, and American Society of the French Academic Palms Scholarship Recipient Marguerite DeMarco, from the St. Luke's School Class of 2021, is pictured with St. Luke's School's Upper School World Language Department Chair, and French Teacher Jon Shee, (left), and Upper School French teacher Evan Downey, (right). St. Luke’ School is located at 377 N. Wilton Road in New Canaan.

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St. Luke’s School Senior Student Marguerite DeMarco, from the St. Luke’s School Class of 2021, was recently awarded the prestigious American Society of the French Academic Palms Scholarship. This sought after scholarship is granted to one American high school student each year to study the French language, and culture through an immersion-style approach in a French-speaking country.

Students from across the nation with an enduring and deep interest in the French language and Francophone culture are invited to apply. All applicants must complete a complex application, including an essay written in French, and submit letters of recommendation from their teachers.

Before applying, DeMarco conducted extensive research to determine the best program to fit her needs.

DeMarco is excited for the opportunity to spend four weeks next summer studying in France, where she will travel through Paris, Aix en Provence, Brittany, and the French Alps. As part of her independent study, DeMarco will also research French culture and language and conclude the four weeks with a presentation on her findings. The program is fully immersive, so she will live with a host family and speak French throughout her stay.

“I am extremely honored to have received this scholarship, and I think it will be a wonderful opportunity for me not just to learn the language but also learn about the people and the culture that makes France so special. I am really excited to be able to visit the country that I have been interested in for years,” DeMarco said.

She shared that her interest in the French language started when she was about six years old. Her brother’s teacher was from New Orleans and told her that the name Marguerite was French for daisy. That immediately sparked her interest in learning more about the language. At St. Luke’s, DeMarco was able to learn the language officially. “I am so grateful to have been able to pursue my passion,” DeMarco said.

“The teachers of the French program could not be more proud of Marguerite. Considering the prestige of this prize and the history of the American Society of the French Academic Palms, it is such a significant accomplishment and honor for her,” St. Luke’s Upper School World Language Department Chair, said.

“I am so incredibly excited for Marguerite! Living in France allowed me to make friendships that have lasted a lifetime. But, just as importantly, it enabled me to reflect deeply on my values and purpose. Marguerite’s innate curiosity about people and culture was always palpable, and I am delighted that she will have this extraordinary immersion experience to reflect and grow as a leader,” St. Luke’s Upper School French Teacher, said.

St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious) private school in New Canaan for the fifth grade through the 12th grade.

St. Luke’s Mission is an exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership advances our mission by helping students develop exceptional leadership ability. For more information, visit www.stlukesct.org.