Lee Faraca, an island native who graduated with the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School class of 2015, spent much of his childhood exploring the outdoors or playing with legos. In middle school, he realized he excels in mathematics. Lee said, “Combining all three of my loves and talents seemed only fair. The result was my interest in studying environmental engineering.” A talented soccer player, Lee was a four year captain of the Martha’s Vineyard United soccer club, and a two year captain of the MVRHS varsity soccer team. He is a licensed F level US soccer coach, and has spent time volunteer-coaching a U-10 soccer team. In addition, Lee has been an avid chess player for the majority of his life, and was the captain of the MVRHS chess team his sophomore and junior year, and the captain and president his senior year. For many summers, Lee has offered his expertise as a private chess tutor.
As a 2015 fellow, Lee will be attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, to study environmental engineering. Although he isn’t positive exactly what direction his major will take him, he says, “I definitely want to work outside and do something helpful for the environment.” This summer, he is a fine gardening apprentice to Ryan White, owner of the Avant Gardener, a 100% organic fine gardening and property management service. Lee says that once he graduates college, the Avant Gardener could expand to offer his expertise in environmental design and engineering, allowing properties to become as environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.