Zach Louvat and Beau Mayo Named 2022 Winners of Gaziano Lineman Awards

The Gaziano Awards selection committee has selected Zach Louvat and Beau Mayo at the 2022 Winners of Gaziano Lineman Awards.

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Zach Louvat and Beau Mayo Named 2022 Winners of Gaziano Lineman Awards

Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship, the largest of its kind in the country.

Photo caption: Defensive lineman Zach Louvat (left) and
Offensive lineman Beau Mayo (right) have been selected
as the top high school football linemen in the state of Maine.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine February 4, 2023 - Today, the Gaziano Awards selection committee announced the scholarship winners of the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Defensive and Offensive Linemen Awards.  Zach Louvat of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris ME has been named the top senior football defensive lineman and Beau Mayo of Leavitt Area High School, Turner ME has been named the top offensive lineman in the state based on their hard work on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The two winners will each receive a trophy and a $5,000 scholarship from National Distributors, which will be presented to them at events held later in the school year at their respective schools.

The defensive linemen runners-up were Brett Coburn, Leavitt Area High School, Turner ME and Jacob Morris, Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk ME The offensive linemen runners-up were Brent Paulin, Thornton Academy, Saco ME and Nicholas Riker, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish ME. Each runner-up will receive a trophy and $1,000 scholarship from KeyBank.  

The Gaziano Awards are the largest high school scholarships of their kind in the country and honor the memory of the late Frank J. Gaziano who was a college football All-American and professional player before founding National Distributors Inc. in South Portland. In the past 11 years, National Distributors has donated $154,000 to Maine students.  For the second year in a row, KeyBank has stepped up to co-sponsor the awards in partnership with National Distributors and provide the runners-up scholarships.

Zach Louvat, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris ME
Position: Defensive End

Zach Louvat of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School is the winner for the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Defensive Lineman Award for his accomplishments as a defensive end. His on-field presence and playmaking characterize the strength of his defense. Head Coach Mark Soehren describes him as having “a natural ability to lead as he has an easy way with people while still being an intense competitor. He is the hardest worker on the team as well as one of the smartest”. He excels bringing the best out in his teammates. He was a team cornerstone and captain during their victorious 2022 Maine State Championship season. Principal Paul Bickford explains that Louvat is “an excellent student who has worked very hard in and out of the classroom while making positive contributions to the community…a quiet leader and does not seek attention for his accomplishments. When he does speak up, people listen. I can always count on Zach to be a good school citizen.” He demonstrates strong dedication to his community in many ways, including coaching youth football to instill strong character in the next generation of players. Academics form a major component of his priorities. He is high-achieving and seeks to challenge himself in the classroom. Louvat will matriculate to Bates College where he plans to study engineering and play football.

Beau Mayo, Leavitt Area High School, Turner ME
Position: Right Guard

Beau Mayo of Leavitt Area High School is the winner for the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive Lineman Award for his accomplishments as a right guard. Football is an area of excellence for this young man. His combination of talent and dedication place him as one of the best at his craft. Head Coach Michael Hathaway summarizes Mayo’s legacy, stating “Beau has always just been a physical force. He plays with great technique and high intensity on a consistent basis for sure…when you watch him on tape the way he finishes blocks might be the most impressive thing.” In all capacities on the offensive line, Mayo stands out for his physicality and relentlessness. Athletic Director Ryan LaRoche describes him as “a clear leader of the team both on the field and off of it…Beau was the anchor to a very successful line…a leader by example and through verbal leadership.” Community service highlights his all-around quality of character, with substantial work with Unified sports including public speaking about the program in his advocacy efforts. Mayo plans to pursue becoming a master electrician in order to one day open his own business, drawing upon his experience and successful habits on the football field.

For more information on the scholarship program, visit Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards - Maine Football Scholarships (

About National Distributors:

Established in 1960, National Distributors Inc. is a family-owned company that has been providing quality beverages to retailers for the benefit of consumers for more than 50 years. Though predominantly servicing retailers in southern Maine, the company continues to provide a variety of products and expand their distribution to central and coastal Maine. National Distributors maintains a strong vision for a greener future with an active environmental program. The company and its more than 170 employees also continue to be proud community leaders and promote the responsible consumption of their products. For more information, visit

About KeyBank/KeyCorp: 

KeyCorp's roots trace back nearly 200 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $189.8 billion as of December 31, 2022. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,000 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC. 

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Karen Crane