Levi A. Costa grew up in Waterville with his parents and five siblings. He was homeschooled through high school, sometimes going with his late father to his classroom and lab at the University of Vermont.
Costa was not sure he would go to college, but, with the support of others, achieved academic success beyond his expectations. He has been the student representative on the Community College of Vermont Academic Council, worked as an academic mentor at CCV’s Learning Center, and hosted student council discussions with area middle and high school students. He has been a leader on numerous community projects through the college, and was chosen as the 2017 student commencement speaker.