Sixth Former Luka Sekulic is Main Line Student of the Week
By Bruce Adams
A senior at The Haverford School, Luka Sekulic serves as the 2022-23 Student Body President. He is co-president of Econ and Finance Club and a member of the Interact club, in which he volunteers for community service projects outside of the Haverford community. Off campus, Sekulic is an avid violinist, playing individually for the past ten years. Next fall, Sekulic will attend the United States Naval Academy where he plans to study International Relations. He is a standout swimmer and water polo player who last fall was the 2021 Inter-Ac water polo MVP. Sekulic is a two-time participant for the National Team Selection camp representing the Northeast region of the United States, and as a member of the Haverford School swim team, he was recipient of the McQuillen Trophy, awarded to a member of the Haverford School swim team for the faithful effort, ability, leadership, example, and sportsmanship.
Main Line Media News: Tell us a little about the Econ and Finance Club’s purpose, and its most interesting activities. What is your goal for the club as co-President?
Luka Sekulic: We currently have over 40 members and the club is growing, meeting by meeting. The whole purpose of the Econ and Finance Club is for Haverford students to start to learn how to process and analyze information that could have an impact globally and nationally. Some of the interesting activities we do are the Marketwatch stock market game in which each member manages their own portfolio and has the freedom to invest in any stock he wants. This being my senior year I really want to help the younger students learn how to manage their money, and why it is important to stay informed.
Main Line Media News: What has been your favorite volunteer activity through the Interact Club?
Luke Sekulic: My favorite activity this year was definitely Octoberfest in the Malvern area, because I got to teach kids new games I got to play when I was younger. Putting bright smiles on kid’s faces is definitely the biggest reward I get out of this service and I always like to think that by being a positive role model I can become a role model for someone to look up to. The Haverford School Interact Club is a great group of kids that love helping others. The founder of the club, Charlie Rosenberg, has been my best friend for the past four years and he is definitely someone that is always there with a kind word, making you laugh and sharing a random scientific fact. We have a lot of other service projects planned with different schools.
Main Line Media News: What is your favorite piece of music playing the violin?
Luka Sekulic: I started playing violin in third grade and it is something that I found to always help me get through some challenging moments in my life. My favorite piece to play right now is definitely Adagio by Albinoni. It is a song that has several different stories to tell throughout one piece, a reminder that in life, at the end everything will be okay – and if it is not okay, it’s not the end yet.
Main Line Media News: What is your favorite book, and why?
Luke Sekulic: My favorite book of all time is The Little Prince. It is a book that you can read when you are 10 years old and understand it, or you could be 50 years old and find a different meaning in the book. Although it is simple, it is a book that reminds me of what life is all about.
Main Line Media News: What originally attracted you to water polo?
Luka Sekulic: My parents always wanted me to know how to swim – my mom, who finished the University for Sports and Human Body Sciences in Serbia, had a colleague who was a water polo coach, and decided to have him coach my two older siblings and me. Both of my siblings were very successful in water polo growing up. My older brother, Matej Sekulic, was Inter-Ac league MVP and team MVP while at Haverford and is currently playing Division I water polo at Princeton University. My older sister, Jovana Sekulic, played for the Junior Women Serbian National team while still playing for The Episcopal Academy; after deciding to switch over and play for the USA Women Water Polo National team she got to go to Greece with the US Women’s B National Senior Team for a training trip. She also is playing at Princeton University. I’ve always looked up to my siblings as water polo players I want to be like when I get older. I think their competitive spirits and hard attitudes shaped me into the water polo player I am today.
Main Line Media News: What has been your most memorable experience as a water polo player at Haverford School?
Luke Sekulic: My two favorite experiences with Haverford School water polo were winning the Easterns Tournament my freshman year, and the EA Day water polo game last year. Easterns was one of the last games I’ve ever played with my brother, and considering it was his senior year, it was good to win one big title with him. The EA Day water polo game last year was the first EA Day since COVID – I had to miss my sophomore year EA Day due to the pandemic. The environment was electric and although the pool limit is 300 people, there were around 500 people on deck watching the event. The student section was so loud I couldn’t even hear my teammates in the pool. Winning EA Day is a memory I will never forget.