SEARSPORT — Searsport District High School senior Max Provencher has always been a driven kid at the top of his class, he said. So it was no surprise to him that he is the school’s top graduating senior this year.

The Prospect resident attends Searsport District High School through a superintendent’s agreement between Regional School Unit 20 and Regional School Unit 25, he said. He attended Bucksport schools system until middle school, when he transferred to Searsport.

Max likes how the school district gives students more freedom with their education and there is a better sense of community in the school, more than what can be found in other schools in the region, he said.

His long list of extracurricular activities — including Student Council, National Honor Society and Math Team, among other activities — speaks to his ambition.

But he said the club he is most excited about and has spent the most time and energy in is the Future Business Leaders of America, a club he founded in the school with 10 other students during his freshman year. FBLA is a national business career and technical student organization.

Entering high school as a freshmen, Max wanted to be a lawyer, he said. But leaving high school, having discovered his passion for business, he wants to be a hedge fund manager working on Wall Street, he said. He plans to attend Bentley University, a private university focused on business, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

“I’ve focused my whole educational career on developing opportunities for students to learn about business and financial literacy within our school, within Maine and across the country through the Future Business Leaders of America,” he said.

He was able to narrow down his interests through a wide variety of summer jobs, working as a legal intern as a freshman, interning for the Maine Republican Party as a sophomore, and working for the Fireside Inn as a junior. He will be working for Bangor Savings Bank this summer.

One thing Max believes sets him apart from his peers is the goals he sets for himself and how far he thinks into the future. He opened a Roth IRA at 16 — that’s just one example of things he has done from a young age that have put him at an advantage.

“I’m almost entirely goals- and results-driven, you know. I think … one thing that has set me apart is that anytime I think about something, I’m thinking 50 years down the line,” he said. “… And thinking about where I want to be and what I want to do in 50 years is what motivates me to pursue what I’m doing now.”

Max likes to write op-eds and has had one published in a national publication, he said, along with a couple of columns that he has written for the Bangor Daily News and several columns he has written for the PenBay Pilot. He writes about finance, investing and business.

Currently, he has a 4.28 grade point average but he expects to graduate with a 4.3 GPA, he said. The second-highest ranking student in his class has a 3.99 GPA. Searsport’s grading scale goes up to 4.5.

Max credits teacher Jennifer Rich with sticking by him through his high school career, giving him help with a wide variety of things from college applications to life advice, he said. She is the FBLA club adviser and has dedicated a lot of her own personal time to the club without compensation because the club has no stipend from the School Board.

“She’s kind of been my go-to person these past four years to help me succeed in high school, and her support has enabled not just my success, but so many of the people in our high school have benefited from Mrs. Rich’s generosity and care for our class,” he said.

Max does not see himself settling down in Maine; the financial industry is strongest in Boston, New York and Miami, so he sees himself gravitating toward one of those cities after college, he said. However, he does not want to cut ties with Searsport.

He will join the Searsport District High School Alumni Association and hopes to one day set up a scholarship fund in his name for future students at the high school, he said. He hopes his classmates come back and support the community, as well. He hopes they all have a positive impact on the world, too.