Eighth grade student Rachel Noonan placed third in the Physics and Mathematics category and will represent Charlotte Christian at the state level.
Katie Hayes places 10th out of 100 middle school students to participate in this year's regional honor band.

Senior Spotlight

The Senior Spotlight highlights members of the Class of 2018. Students that are highlighted in this feature have been nominated by upper 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.

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I came to CCS in the 11th grade.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
I chose CCS because of the amazing environment the school provides. I was never able to form close relationships with teachers or faculty members before at a public school. I love it here!

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I play softball for CCS and for a travel team. I have travelled across the country to compete with some of the best softball teams in the nation. I have volunteered as an assistant coach for a 12u travel softball team, and now I currently volunteer at the Thompson Child and Family Focus Center.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
My junior year I was on the Magna Cum Laude honor roll for my fall and spring semesters. I am also a member the National Honor Society. I earned multiple awards in softball at my high school in Virginia prior to coming to CCS including first team all-conference, first team all-6A North Region, second team all-state, and Washington Post’s all-met honorable mention. After coming to CCS, I earned first team all-conference honors and was named the MVP for the softball team. This past January I was one of four finalists of the South Charlotte Sports Report’s Softball Player of the Year award.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I am attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on an athletic scholarship to play softball.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I would like to major in either chemistry or biology, and I would love to work in the medical field.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
I absolutely love AP Chemistry and Christian Theology. I love learning about the principles and natural laws that God created to govern the world. Additionally, studying chemistry has made me realize how intelligent He is. Learning new things in chemistry honestly makes my faith in Him even stronger because I have learned there are too many precise “coincidences” necessary for the world, and intelligent life, to exist without a Creator. I also love Christian Theology because being able to know the arguments for God’s existence and other things about Him have been so crucial for me in my faith. I never learned this at a public school!

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Mrs. Cassier (US college counselor), Mrs. Ramsey (MS/US media specialist), Mrs. Dean (US English), Mrs. McGinn (US Chemistry), Mr. Angley (former US Math), Mr. Hoff (US History) and Mr. Henson (US Bible) are among my favorites. I have formed amazing relationships with these people. It is so evident that they love me and want the best for me, and I am so blessed to have these amazing God-fearing role models in my life.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
CCS has been an absolute blessing. I cannot even express how thankful I am for this school. I needed a safe haven and God found a way to get me into this wonderful place. I was not raised as a Christian, and to be completely honest, I did not even know what true Christianity really was. CCS has positively impacted me spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I love this place so much, and after being here for two years, I am certain that I want to send my future children to a Christ-centered school like CCS. The relationships I have been able to form with the faculty and some of my teachers are such a blessing to me. They are angels!!! CCS has taught me how to defend my faith and how to stand up for what I believe in, all with gentleness and kindness. I know I will use what I learned in college next year. I am forever thankful for this school and the wonderful teachers and faculty members who work here.

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Keaton Gum

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started at Charlotte Christian in the sixth grade.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents have always been excited about Christian education for my brothers and me. I was at another Christian school in Charlotte for all of lower school and wanted more co-curricular options, including football. My two older brothers (Griffin and Xander) had already transferred to Charlotte Christian and were having a great experience, so that made me want to go there, too.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I was vice president of my class for three years, an admissions ambassador for five years, played on the JV and varsity football teams, went on the March For Life trip, and served on two mission trips to the Dominican Republic with Score International. Outside of school I participated in Mecklenburg County Teen Court, served at my church’s Joy Prom and have been in a guys’ discipleship group all four years of upper school.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am a member of the National Honor Society and have been on the academic honor roll all four years. I was named to the 2017 Charlotte Observer all-Mecklenburg defensive second team (punter), 2017 NC Preps private school all-state football team (punter), and 2017 CISAA second team all-conference football team (specialist).

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I will be attending Auburn University next year. War Eagle!

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I will be studying architecture. I want to design and create buildings that function with high efficiency and look amazing. I was able to attend an architecture camp at Auburn this past summer.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I have received the Auburn University Academic Heritage Scholarship.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
Architecture Design, US History, Government, AP Statistics, Broadcasting, and Business are some of my favorite classes because of my interest in those subjects and how much I learned. The teachers in these classes were both knowledgeable and fun.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Some of my favorite teachers are Mr. Runge (US Math & Science), Mrs. Edwards (US Business), Mrs. Jones (US Math), Mr. Ector (US English), Dr. Headley (US History), and Mr. Henson (US Bible). They all are excellent teachers who teach and explain things well, relate to their students on a personal level, and have prepared me for life beyond high school.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Charlotte Christian has given me a Biblical worldview for my life and strengthened my walk with Christ by helping me understand why I believe what I believe and teaching me how to defend my faith on an intellectual level. CCS has given me many diverse opportunities to build on my interests academically, athletically, and socially. I will always be thankful for the strong and supportive CCS community, which has allowed me to grow and develop into who I am today.

Justus Woods

ABOUT ME
When did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I came to Charlotte Christian in the ninth grade.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian because we were moving to North Carolina from Virginia, and we were looking for a private school education. When I visited CCS, I loved the teachers and the atmosphere. I also felt at home with the students, and I connected really well with everyone.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, both in and out of school?
I am a member of the varsity football team, and I also ran track in ninth and tenth grade. I volunteer at Elevation Church, and I am a member of the Special Olympics Club.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I have been on the academic honor roll throughout high school, and I am a member of the National Honor Society. I have been named three times to the CISAA all-conference football first team and this past season was awarded NCISAA all-state honors. I was also a WSOC-TV Big 22 Player of the Year nominee my senior year.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to and will be attending Stanford University on a football scholarship.

What do you plan to study in college? What are your long-term goals?
I would possibly like to have a symbolic system, psychology, or business oriented major in college. My long-term career goals are to possibly play professional football and then own my own business in the field of technology.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
AP Literature is my favorite subject because I love to write and read intriguing pieces such as Othello and Brave New World. I have enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of what the author is writing and the meaning behind his or her words.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
My favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian are Mrs. Jones (US Math Teacher), Mr. Henson (US Bible Teacher), and Mrs. Edwards (COO/US Business Teacher). Mrs. Jones is an amazing and relatable teacher who I have enjoyed in both my years of math with her. I also loved going on the mission trip to the Dominican Republic with her. Mr. Henson is the funniest teacher at this school, and he’s always available and willing to talk to his students about things in and outside of school. Mrs. Edwards has a strong relationship with her students, and we can come to her about anything.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? Do you feel that Charlotte Christian has prepared you for life after graduation?
Charlotte Christian has impacted my life because it has given me knowledge I didn’t have before. Because of CCS, I have learned why we, as Christians, believe what we believe and how to defend my faith not just at a spiritual level, but also at an intellectual level. The rigorous courses have pushed me to work harder to succeed along with teaching me how to balance school and athletics. Charlotte Christian has prepared me for life after graduation because it has given me connections in many different areas. It has also helped me to develop a hard-working attitude and the skills to be a strong Christian man.

Caroline Thompson

ABOUT ME
When did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started at Charlotte Christian my junior year.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
I always went to public school, and when high school came around, I knew I wanted a smaller environment, where my teachers knew who I was and would push me. My parents knew that if I were to attend a private school, it would be a Christian school. I toured Charlotte Christian my sophomore year and fell in love!

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, both in and out of school?
In the past, I have played on the varsity volleyball, soccer and basketball teams, but this year I am only playing basketball. This year, I have the honor of serving as Spiritual Life Prefect, working alongside Mr. Cummings. I also have served as the Youth Elder at my church, and in the afternoons, I tutor at Montclaire Elementary School. In the summer, I spend my time at Montclaire’s Freedom School as a DEAR buddy, or classroom helper. My sophomore year, I founded Freedom School Frenzy, a 3v3 basketball tournament fundraiser which raises money for Freedom School Partners of Charlotte.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I have earned AP Scholar recognition, The Timothy Award, Strength Through Encouragement Award (soccer), and have been inducted into the National Honor Society. I also made Cum Laude honor roll junior year. In 2016, I represented the Charlotte Presbytery at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, held at Purdue University.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
In the fall, I will be attending Wofford College as a Wofford Scholar recipient.

What do you plan to study in college? What are your long-term goals?
I will be majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Med track, with a minor in Religious Studies. My current long-term career goal is to serve as a pediatric psychiatrist, or hospital chaplain.

Are you a nominee or have you applied for any college scholarships?
I have received a Wofford Scholar scholarship, and I am in the running for the Bonner Scholars program at Wofford, as well.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at CCS are social sciences/social studies, English, and Bible classes. I especially love learning about American history and Biblical history. I also love to read and write, which Mrs. Szymborski and Mrs. Dean made sure I did/do lots of!

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Sadly, since I have only been at CCS for two years, I have missed out on having a lot of great teachers. I also don’t think I can narrow down my favorites to just some—they’re all amazing! Dr. Headley (US History Teacher) and I share a love for American history, Jeopardy, and music; he and I have had countless conversations regarding these topics, and I can always count on him to make my day in the afternoon carpool line, or passing by in the hallway. Though I never had Mrs. Ramsey (MS/US Media Specialist) as a teacher, she’s helped me so much with my writing skills, and along with my English teachers, has equipped me to be the writer I am today! Mr. Henson (US Bible Teacher) is also one of my favorite teachers with his engaging lessons and constant liveliness and compassion. I think it’s impossible to leave his classroom without having laughed multiple times!

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? Do you feel that Charlotte Christian has prepared you for life after graduation?
Coming to Charlotte Christian has been one of the greatest decisions of my life! The CCS faculty has modeled for me how to truly live a life for Christ, incorporating a biblical worldview into all that I do, both in school and outside of school. I know that once I leave Charlotte Christian, I will be prepared to enter the “real world,” as a student, Christian, and young woman. Charlotte Christian has also taught me the importance of forming genuine relationships with not only my peers, but my teachers, coaches, and various faculty members, too. CCS most definitely fulfills its mission statement each and every day!

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