Love of science has placed the world at his feet
A 15-year-old science whiz has been nominated for the Leicester Mercury Young Achiever Awards 2012.
Mark Patel, who goes to Fullhurst Community College, Leicester, was put forward by his school after demonstrating dedication and commitment in science and maths.
He is hoping to go to Cambridge to study one of the sciences.
Mark, from Leicester's West End, said: "I like all the sciences, but chemistry and physics are my favourite.
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"I like how they tell you about the world around you and about the universe.
"Chemistry can tell us all about the metals and minerals which make up the Earth and I think that's really interesting."
Mark said science skills ran in the family. His brother Monty, 20, is studying chemical engineering at Loughborough University.
"We've always liked science and maths. I like numbers and how they work. I like how everything fits together," he said.
"It's great to be nominated for the award. I was a bit surprised, but it was nice.
"Recognition is good for young people but passing my GCSEs and A-levels will be rewarding for me as well."
Scores of people aged between 11 and 25 have been nominated in one or more of the 10 categories in the Leicester Mercury Young Achiever Awards.
The science and maths achievement category is being sponsored by Fullhurst.
Head teacher Tom Campbell said: "We are sponsoring the science and mathematics category as the school with the highest science results in the city and one of the most improved in mathematics.
"These subjects have been the cornerstone of our new curriculum, with student achievement improving year on year.
"We have seen the commitment of our staff and students to learning in these fields and can appreciate the hard work young people are putting in across the city.
"We wish to recognise this by sponsoring the category and celebrating those efforts."
Fullhurst College has about 900 students aged between 11 and 16.
Anyone can nominate a deserving young person, aged between 14 and 25, who lives in Leicestershire for an award.
The entry form must be endorsed by a relevant referee. Nominations close on Saturday, October 20.
For a nomination form or for more information, call Nikki Kandola at the Mercury on 0116 222 4310, or e-mail: