Senior Luke Garner will be graduating summa cum laude with the De La Salle Collegiate Class of 2023, and plans to pursue a career in sports marketing. He will be attending Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
Earlier this spring, Garner was awarded the Br. Bernard Guzewicz Service Award
He is a member of the DLS National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Link Crew, and was a Kairos retreat leader in the Fall of 2022.
Garner has also served as a Student Ambassador with the DLS Admissions Department.
Additionally, Garner was a two-year varsity hockey player for De La Salle, and this season was the team’s nominee for the High School Hobey Baker Character Award. Candidates for the award are selected by their coaches.
Criteria for the award include
- Strength of character
- Community leadership
- Outstanding sportsmanship.
DLS Varsity Hockey Coach Sean Clark has high praise for Garner.
“Luke is a terrific young man, of high moral character, and someone that epitomizes the Lasallian principles,” Clark said. “Luke is a leader not only within the hockey team, but in the classroom and within the school.”
Garner has been enrolled in Honors and Advanced classes, and has taken Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, and MicroEconomics. His senior year schedule includes AP Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, Psychology, and Statistics.
Garner attended Bemis Junior High in the Utica Community Schools, but wanted to be a Pilot since he was in sixth grade.
“Catholic schools are part of my family,” Garner said. His uncles and cousins attended Catholic Central.
His favorite class at De La Salle was Mrs. Annmarie Michol’s freshman English class. “That’s where I experienced the most growth as a person and student in my four years here,” he said.
Mrs. Michol and Mr. Ben Westphal are his favorite teachers. Garner says Westphal helped him with his National Honor Society and Link Crew activities, and helped him prepare to be a Kairos leader.
He cites his experience as a Kairos retreatant and leader, along with his two years of playing varsity hockey, as his favorite activities at DLS.
Garner has sound advice for a future freshman. “Never be afraid of becoming involved. Get your work done but never ever forget to make friends and have fun. This is not four years of burying your head in books.”
Garner lives in Sterling Heights with his parents Kathleen and Matt, and a younger sister who is a current freshman at Regina High School. The family is part of St. John Vianney Parish in Shelby Township.