Lucas V. Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio, was a Case Western Reserve sophomore majoring in biology. As a student at Massillon's Jackson High School, he consistently took a challenging schedule of advanced placement classes for two reasons: First, he possessed an insatiable curiosity - particularly for science. second, he already knew he wanted a career in medicine. His high school teachers described a young man who would return to them later in the day to ask more questions when he did not grasp a concept fully. This interest came not from concern for high test scores, but rather an authentic desire to understand the subjects. Lucas maintained this strong commitment to academics and even devoted significant time to several extracurricular activities, among them the high school's chemistry, math and medical clubs. He also represented Jackson High as a delegate to the Buckeye Boys State summer program, in which more then 1200 young men gather for a hands-on experience in learning about government, politics and the democratic process.
In academics, Lucas followed in his mother's footsteps, as she was a scientist, first at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and, in more recent years, as a chemistry teacher. She inspired him in academics, as his father did in sports.
In athletics, Lucas focused on wrestling. A four-year letter winner in high school, he placed sixth in the state tournament in both 2012 and 2013. During the 2013-2014 season at Case Western Reserve, Lucas set a team-high record of 30 wins, and also won honors as a national Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. Marcelli attributed much of his success in the sport to his father's teachings regarding the importance of hard work, sacrifice and the ability to respond to pressure. "When I look back," Lucas wrote in his admissions application of his father, "I realize I should just thank him for instilling some of the greatest values in me that I could ask for."
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