Senior Spotlight

The Senior Spotlight highlights members of the Class of 2021. Students that are highlighted in this feature have been nominated by school faculty and administration as examples of students who are excelling in academics, athletics, fine arts, or service and are actively fulfilling the mission of Charlotte Christian School. A new senior will be featured each week until graduation.

In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started at Charlotte Christian in kindergarten.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian because it stood out from the other schools by providing a Christian education without sacrificing academics or athletics. They wanted me to grow up in a spiritually enriching environment and CCS was the perfect place for that. They also appreciated the plethora of co-curricular activities, fine arts programs and top-notch sports that would allow me to explore my interests while supported by wonderful teachers and coaches. Although they made this decision for me when I was a kindergartener, I believe they made the right decision and thank them for that choice.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school? Please include service/volunteer activities along with any job that you might have.
Outside of school, my largest commitment by far is swimming. I have been on the varsity team since freshman year and served as the captain of the team this year. I also have competed for a club team since the sixth grade. I was on SwimMac Carolina until the beginning of junior year when I switched to the Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg. I am also a member of the Senior Leaders, which mentors younger swimmers and participates in service projects. At school, I participate in the Spikeball Club, Academic WorldQuest and Math Madness teams. I tutor in math and physics and teach swim lessons. I work at the Levine Jewish Community Center as a lifeguard. Over this past summer, I had the opportunity to work as an independent contractor for Hilltop Securities and help create programs to streamline their work process.

Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.? Have you been selected to attend special conferences or events?
Academically, I am the valedictorian of the Class of 2021 and have remained on the Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll every semester, earning the Highest Academic Achievement Award in 15 classes. I also have been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. In Latin, I have earned the Seal of Biliteracy along with the Maxima Cum Laude Recognition in Latin III and Latin V. During my junior year, I placed second in the UNCC Physics Super Competition and received the Director’s Award in Orchestra. I was awarded the Timothy Award my sophomore year. Athletically, I have been the Most Valuable Player for the swim team since my sophomore year. Additionally, I am the school record holder in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley and 200 Medley Relay.

What colleges have you been accepted to thus far and do you know where you plan to attend?
I have been accepted to Clemson University, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, University of Notre Dame, Rice University and Virginia Tech. I will be attending the University of Notre Dame.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals? 
I plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I am not exactly sure what plans God has for me after college but I hope to find a career in either software development or machine learning.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college. 
I have received an academic merit award from Clemson University along with the Dean’s Scholarship at Northeastern and the Charlotte Alumni Club’s Witmer/Terrell Scholarship at Georgia Tech.

What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why? 
I have enjoyed my classes at CCS, but some of my favorites have been the math and science courses. BC Calculus with Mrs. Jones was definitely one of the best. Meeting every day truly helped form a tight knit class and each day I came in wondering what new math concept I would learn that day. I have also enjoyed the physics classes with Mr. Mina. They have helped me to slowly piece together the way the world around me works and describe it with the language learned in calculus. Though a completely different class than the other two, I also really liked Christian Theology with Mr. Henson. The logical proofs we learned for Christianity helped strengthen the foundation of my faith and gave me a way to defend it to others.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers or coaches and why? 
I have been blessed to have so many great teachers over my 13 years so this is a difficult question. Mrs. Jones is definitely one of my favorite teachers. She has a way of teaching that makes the material seem to flow naturally. Combined with her witty humor, her classes are always some of the best. Mr. Mina is also one of my favorite teachers at CCS. He challenges me to do my best and pushes me to think beyond the walls of the classroom. He is willing to help and his dedication to his students is truly inspirational. Dr. Headley is not only a great teacher but also an amazing person. His class was the first AP class I took and really prepared me for how to manage my time and study in the future. In addition, he continually connected each part of history with Christianity and set a great example of how to walk with Christ. Coach Ricky Foster has been an amazing swim coach. He has helped to reinvigorate the program and pushes each person to be the best they can be. He has helped me improve, and brings a constant positive energy and love for swimming that makes practice fun. I would like to thank all my teachers for all the time, love and care that they have given throughout my years at Charlotte Christian.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Charlotte Chrisitan has given me all the tools, academic and spiritual, to approach my future after graduation with confidence. I believe my course load at CCS has prepared me for the rigor of a college curriculum. In addition, thanks to the Bible classes of Mr. Henson and Dr. Hardy, I am sure in my own Christian foundation and my ability to defend my faith. I come away from CCS having made lifelong friends and ready to face whatever the future may hold.

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