CRAFTSBURY COMMON -- Mael LeScouezec, a senior this year at Craftsbury Academy, is one of fewer than 40 Vermont students to be recently named a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Selection for this prestigious academic scholarship program is determined by excellence in standardized test scores, academic strength, and participation in school and community activities.

Semi-Finalists are eligible to be considered as National Merit Scholars in the spring of 2015, and for the opportunity to win a variety of scholarship prizes. Since its founding in 1955, NMSC (The National Merit Scholarship Corporation) has recognized 3 million students and provided approximately 387,000 scholarships worth over $1.5 billion.

Mael attends Craftsbury Academy where he is a top student and a scholar athlete on the basketball and soccer teams. Mael has also pursued additional studies at Johnson State College and has been a dedicated four-year member of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound program. He has been a leader in Upward Bound through his participation in the Green Mountain Scholars Bowl, helping his team win first place in 2014, and was also selected to represent Upward Bound at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum Student Leadership Conference in Boston.

In addition, Mael has given over 200 hours of community service in his local and regional communities. He was a key student volunteer with the Warm the Children program in 2012 where he helped provide schoolchildren in need with new winter clothing, and has spent the last three summers in volunteer internships with Upward Bound. In these positions Mael worked with the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium and with Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

Mael hopes to pursue a career in medical research or neurobiology, and is continuing to define his ambitious goals for the future. He is a gifted, inquisitive, and upstanding young scholar who will have many excellent college options to choose from in the coming year. He is the son of Jennifer and Christopher Marckres of Craftsbury, and Jean-Francois LeScouezec.

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