How many high school students do you know that founded their own YouTube channel, one that's had over 11,000,000 views, is in the top one percent of all YouTube content creators and has 60,000 subscribers?
What if that same student has been on his school's High Honor Roll every semester since the seventh grade? Or that carries an eye-popping grade point average of 5.1 (on a 5.3 weighted scale) and is ranked 3rd in their senior class of 273 students?
And suppose that same student also happens to excel on the football field, being named the Cape Ann League's Offensive Player of the Year for his exploits running the ball, as well as star on the lacrosse field?
Throw in a boatload of community service endeavors, involvement in his school's Math Team, Stem Involvement and volunteering in youth sports, and you've got the Renaissance Man known as Jay Theriault of Masconomet Regional.
"There is no telling the heights that Jay Theriault will rise to, or the amount of good he will do in the world," said Masconomet principal Peter Delani.
Theriault scored an 800 on both his Chemistry and Math II SATs, has recorded perfect scores on all four of his AP tests he has taken, and earned 36s in his English, Math, Reading, Science and Composite ACTs.
A member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, he was a national finalist in the American Chemical Society's U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (ranked 8th in Massachusetts), and was the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Grand Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Math, finishing as one of 148 students (out of 30,648) to achieve a perfect score in their Talent Search Competition.
"Jay Theriault is a brilliant student who loves to learn," said school counselor Robin Powers Wildman. "His academic passions far exceed the curriculum of a traditional high school. Jay can't wait for college to be able to pursue the subjects he is passionate about like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, neural networks and applied mathematics — topics I can't begin to comprehend."
As the founder of Ginger Justice Gaming on YouTube when he was just 14 years old, his channel has become an online sensation. Theriault has also taken part in Pathways for Children, Masco in Motion, the Walk for Hospice and the McKinsey Youth Leadership Forum, among others.
On the football field, Theriault rushed for a team-high 1,023 yards in just eight games and scored a dozen touchdowns while also making 92 tackles as a linebacker. In the spring, he is a faceoff specialist and defensive midfielder for the Chieftains' lacrosse team, and serves as a team captain for both squads.
"Beyond all of Jay's service and academic and athletic successes," said Masconomet football coach Gavin Monagle, "Jay is a true leader, an exceptional teammate and person."
College you will be attending: MIT
What are your favorite books?: "The Foundation" by Isaac Asimov or "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
What is your favorite movie?: "Spaceballs"
Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Kygo
What is your favorite app?: Reddit
What is your favorite class in school?: Chemistry
What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: Being named the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's November 2018 Student-Athlete of the Month.
What does being a leader among your peers mean to you?: Helping kids improve and seeing their progress is an awesome experience.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Hopefully successful and happy.
What's something most people don't know about you?: "I made a YouTube channel when I was 14, and over two years I've amassed 60,000 subscribers and over 11,000,000 channel views. (I don't make videos any more, though; it took up too much of my time).