Lower school students read 3,541 books during the first quarter of the Reading Knights program.
Twelve students earned awards for their artwork at the 2018 Festival in the Park.

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 started attending Charlotte Christian in the eighth grade.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian because they felt it was the best combination of quality academics and a Christ-centered education.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I have been on the varsity swim team for four years and served as both chaplain and captain. I also have played soccer for the Charlotte Eagles and ride horses at Brandywine Stables. I am the Tri-M Music Honors Society president this year and have played flute in both the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. I am a C.E.L.L. group leader at school and on Sundays I lead a table group of eighth grade girls at my church. I have been an admissions ambassador throughout upper school. I also helped organize our school’s trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. I have also worked for SwimMAC as a swim coach all four years of high 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 Honors Society and Tri-M Music Honors Society. I have been on the Summa Cum Laude honor roll and am an AP Scholar with Distinction. I won the Best Delegate Award (Gavel Award) at Harvard Model Congress serving as a delegate on the House Committee of Veteran’s Affairs my junior year. I was awarded the Timothy Award my sophomore year which is given to someone who exemplifies 1 Timothy 4:12. I have been awarded the leadership and witness award for varsity swimming. Additionally, I was recently named the valedictorian of my class.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to and have been accepted at Furman University, Gordon University, Lee University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of South Carolina. I will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill next year.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I am planning on double majoring in Public Policy and Political Science. I am hoping to go into law or into a career in some kind of public service.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I was one of Charlotte Christian nominees for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at Chapel Hill and the Charlotte Observer’s Senior of the Year program. I was awarded the Furman Bell Tower Scholarship and the Excellence Award (formerly the McKissick Scholars Award) at the University of South Carolina. I also applied for the Footlocker Scholarship. I also was named a Capstone Scholar at University of South Carolina and a Carolina Research Scholar at Chapel Hill.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been Logic and Debate along with junior and senior Bible because of the apologetics training I have received. I have learned how to defend my faith and worldview from both philosophical and historical perspectives and feel prepared to head to college grounded in my faith. I loved AP Art History because it gave me the opportunity to investigate history from a different perspective and I will forever be grateful for AP Language and AP Literature for pushing me to become a better writer and more critical thinker.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Honestly, there are so many teachers that I could list here that have made a significant impact on my life. Some of my favorite teachers have been Dr. Headley (US History), Mrs. Jones (US Math), Mrs. Dean (US English) and Mrs. Nielsen (US History). I am so thankful for the way Dr. Headley has poured into me as a student and as a Christian. He has taken an active interest in me and I have spent hours in his classrooms discussing current events, sports and faith. While AP Calculus was not my favorite class in terms of subject matter, I loved coming to class and am so grateful for Mrs. Jones’ energy and love for her students. I am also thankful for Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Nielsen and their passion for their subject matter, sense of humor, openness and daily witness to me each day.

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 developed me as a student and thinker. I have been pushed and stretched over the last four years in both challenging AP classes and deep philosophical Bible classes. I feel prepared to attend an academically rigorous school like Chapel Hill but most importantly, Charlotte Christian has grounded me in a Biblical worldview. I have really been challenged to articulate not only what I believe, but also why I believe it. I have had Christian living modeled for me each day in the classroom and I know I will forever look back on my five years at Charlotte Christian and thank the Lord for all that He has taught me.

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Lila Hamilton

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started attending Charlotte Christian School in kindergarten.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian because it gave my two siblings and me the opportunity to not only grow academically but also spiritually. They felt it offered the perfect environment for preparing me for college and post-college with challenging classes but also teachers that truly cared for their students and would teach with a Biblical worldview.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I was a part of the varsity tennis team all four years of high school. I have also been a member of the Accolade yearbook staff my last two years of high school, and during my senior year, I acted as the quality control and communications senior editor. For the past three years, I went to the Dominican Republic during J-Term, and I absolutely loved my experience there. I have also been a part of the French club for my four years of high school and currently serve as its treasurer.

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 Summa Cum Laude honor roll all four years of high school and received the award for highest grade in English class my freshman and sophomore years and highest grade in French class my freshman and junior years. I was named an AP Scholar with Honors and a Furman Scholar; I also received the Wellesley Book award last year. I am a part of the National French Honor Society and the National Honor Society. I was selected to attend the Elevate Leadership Lab at Gordon College the summer before my junior year where our team won third place and received grant money to start an English program in South Korea, and during my junior year, I participated in Harvard Model Congress as a senator taking part in the legislative process.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to and was accepted at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina. I am excited to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall!

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I am still undecided about exactly what I would like to study in college, but I am interested in English, psychology, French, or perhaps even nursing. While I am still not sure about what my future career will entail specifically, my ultimate goal is to serve others with whatever path I choose.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I received the Academic Scholar – Elite Award scholarship from the University of South Carolina. I was also selected as Charlotte Christian’s nominee for the Belk Scholarship at Davidson College, and I applied for the Robertson Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
One class that I have loved is AP Psychology with Mrs. Poole. This class allowed me to fully delve into a wide range of topics, with everything from social phenomena to the effects of different neurotransmitters on the brain. It was really intriguing learning about how God made us so individually unique but also how we all share common behaviors. Also, even though it was a difficult class, I enjoyed AP Literature because my writing skills greatly improved, and we were exposed to a variety of interesting, classic pieces of literature.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
It is hard for me to pick my favorite teachers because they have all been so wonderful. When I was in Mrs. Jessica Ramsey’s English Honors class in ninth grade, she encouraged and challenged me to continue to pursue my passion for writing. Now, in the twelfth grade as her teacher aide in the media center, I have been able to form an even closer relationship with her and am thankful for her kind advice. Mr. Ben Ector (US English) is one of my favorite teachers because he truly cares for his students, and during yearbook, he created a fun atmosphere and showed me what it means to be a hard worker but also how to have fun in the process. Mrs. Susan Jones (US Math) is another favorite teacher of mine as I was fortunate enough to take two of her classes where she helped me to appreciate math and always listened to my concerns and questions. I was also able to develop a relationship with her outside of the classroom when I traveled to the Dominican Republic with her the past three years, and through her example, I received a greater understanding of what it meant to have a true servant’s heart.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Overall, Charlotte Christian has offered me a solid foundation for my faith and my academics upon which I can continue to build upon in college. With the extensive and challenging Bible classes, I have experienced major growth in my faith as I now know sound arguments and reasons for my belief in Christ, which will serve me well as I go off to college. Charlotte Christian has also made me feel ready for college because the school has offered me classes that has taught me the importance of a strong work ethic, forced me to think critically about various topics, and helped me to apply my classroom knowledge to real-world problems.

Terrelle Brown

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started my Charlotte Christian career in junior kindergarten.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My dad was given the opportunity to teach and be an assistant basketball coach.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I am the Head Prefect at school and the co-founder and president of the largest club in the upper school, the Spikeball club. I have served as a team captain on the varsity football and basketball teams. I play percussion for the student-lead worship team, and I am the co-founder of a non-profit called VIVA la familia, which is a family initiative in Conroe, Texas.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I received second team all-conference honors in football. I am an alumni of the Wake Forest LAUNCH for leadership program, HOBY Leadership Conference, and the ELEVATE Leadership Lab.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I am going to Wheaton College in Illinois where I will play football.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I plan on majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and taking classes in Business Economics and Marketing.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I have received the James Burr Scholarship at Wheaton College.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
The entire upper school Bible department has been phenomenal and has taught me so much about Christ and my own faith.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
My favorite teacher is Mr. Zacarias (US Math). I took his classes from my freshman year to my junior year, and apart from teaching me math, he taught me how to be a man. Whether it was conversations about Christ or about relationships, he has been a voice that I needed to hear.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Besides molding my faith, Charlotte Christian has prepared me in a way other schools do not. I have been equipped with the rare trait of emotional intelligence. I think the way the school teaches about God makes me realize how we deal with ourselves and others as well. Charlotte Christian made me a big picture thinker and realize that every decision we make is connected.

Colin Gallagher

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started at Charlotte Christian School in second grade when we moved to North Carolina.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My family and I believe a Christian education is foundational. I attended Christian Heritage School in Connecticut for kindergarten and first grade where Mr. Giller was previously the head of school. When we moved to Charlotte, we researched and selected the best Christian schools before we even looked for a house. Charlotte Christian is one of the few Christian schools that is well-rounded with superb academics, strong athletics, and a great theatre and fine arts program. We sensed that the families in the Charlotte Christian community would become lifelong and even eternal friends.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
Since fourth grade, I’ve been involved in Charlotte Christian’s musical theatre program having been a member of ACT 3, ACT 2, and ACT 1. I’ve been a part of the Honors Choir since freshman year as well as A Little Knight Music. I am the president of the International Thespian Society and the historian for Tri-M Music Honors Society. I have also competed and earned awards at various theatre and dance competitions including Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA), North Carolina Thespian Festival, North Carolina Theatre Conference, Musical Theatre Competitions of America, and USA Dancesport. I have served at my church in the children’s ministry since middle school as an actor in skits and a worship leader, and in high school I became part of the student leadership committee. I have worked as a teacher’s assistant at Cotillion of Greater Charlotte for six years. I also have served twice as an intern at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in the education department. I have been part of local community theatre company, Teen City Stage, for three years. This summer, I will perform in CPCC’s professional summer stock productions of Oklahoma, Grease, Newsies, and the Theatre for Young Audiences version of Shrek: The Musical. During seventh and twelfth grades my family hosted two Japanese exchange students.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I recently earned first place for senior duets at the Musical Theatre Competitions of America; second place and an Excellence in Theatre award for contrasting monologues and overall performance at CITA; and overall superiors for two consecutive years for my individual and duo events at North Carolina Thespian Festival. I also earned two silver keys and one honorable mention for poetry submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing competition as well as an honorable mention for my film piece highlighting a local teen craftsman. In AP Music Theory my junior year, I received the highest grade in the class. I received the US Presidents Award for Educational Excellence, and I will graduate with an Academic Conservatory Distinction in Fine Arts.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I was accepted into multiple colleges and received academic scholarships for the following: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Ball State University, Coastal Carolina University, Lynn University, Montclair University, Rider University, and Webster University.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I will attend Coastal Carolina University in the fall on the Presidential Scholarship. I would like to study Musical Theatre and continue performing professionally after college.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite classes have been Choir Honors, ACT 1, Band Honors, Logic and Debate and Apologetics. To me, all fine arts classes are interesting and unique and offer limitless creative and amazing ways to communicate God’s ever-present joy.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
My favorite teachers are: Mrs. Goley (US Choir), Mr. and Mrs. Bear, Mrs. Damon, Mrs. Niessner (US Band), Mr. Hann (US Band) and Ms. Blount (US Theater) for inspiring creativity and growth in all areas of fine arts; Mr. Davis (US Bible) for a meaningful Bible class as well as his awesome acting abilities; Mr. Hardy (US Bible) and Mr. Henson (US Bible) for crucial knowledge to ground us in our identity and our faith; Dr. Headley (US History) and Mr. Hoff (US History) for making history classes interesting; and Mrs. Szymborski (US English) and Mrs. Dean (US English) for teaching writing skills that will serve me well into college and beyond. All of these teachers, and basically the entire upper school, have been not only great instructors but also personable role models of Godly character. They are the real deal, genuinely care about their students, and are willing to share all their knowledge and life wisdom for our benefit.

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, and especially the Bible department, has prepared me well for real life in college and beyond. I will graduate not just with knowledge, but also with godly wisdom, fun memories, and lifelong friendships and mentors.

Julia Kocher

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose to send me to Charlotte Christian because it offered a college-preparatory Christian education. They wanted a school that could fit all the needs for my brothers and me through music, sports, and academics while also providing a smaller school environment.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
In school, I have been a member of the varsity swim team for four years while serving as a captain since sophomore year. I was also on the varsity tennis team my sophomore year. The last two years I have been on the yearbook staff, and I am currently the supervising yearbook editor. I have also led a C.E.L.L. group for the last three years. At my church, I have been a Sunday School teacher for first graders and fifth graders for the last three years, and for two years I served on Wednesday nights as an up-front leader for the youth group. The last two summers I volunteered at my church’s week-long children’s camp. I worked as a summer league swim coach for the last four years and as a summer camp counselor at Raintree Country Club.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I was a varsity all-conference swimmer my freshman and sophomore years. I received the Diligence Award for the varsity swim team as a sophomore and the Determination Award as a senior. I will also receive a gold service award upon graduation for volunteering more than 300 hours during my time at CCS.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have been accepted to Penn State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee. Next year, I am attending Penn State University. WE ARE!!

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I plan on studying Hospitality Management at Penn State. With my degree, I would like to work either as an event planner or in hotel management.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
The subjects and courses that I have enjoyed taking at Charlotte Christian were U.S. Government, English, and Astronomy. I loved being able to learn about how the government operated while we were in the midst of an election season. I also enjoyed my English classes because they taught me how to become a better reader and writer and prepared me for college. Astronomy was a very fun class that taught me more about our universe, and it made me realize how amazing our God is.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
My favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian are Mr. Ector (English/Yearbook Advisor), Mr. Hoff (U.S. Government), Mr. McLeod (Astronomy), and Dr. Headley (U.S. History). They have all helped me grow as a Christian and as a person throughout my years at CCS. They have shown me that hard work pays off and to fully rely on God throughout any phase of 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?
Throughout the four years I have been at Charlotte Christian, I have learned how to make my faith my own. Through all the amazing teachers who have poured into me daily, I have seen how a Christian should live life no matter what the situation is. Charlotte Christian has prepared me for life after graduation by teaching me how to defend my faith and also how to work hard in all my classes. Charlotte Christian has ultimately taught me how to be a strong Christian and how to glorify the Lord with everything I do.

Cole Von Cannon

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I came to Charlotte Christian in sixth grade from a local public school.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
When I came to visit Charlotte Christian, all I was looking for was a friend. The welcoming attitude of the people that surrounded me sold me immediately, and the time and love that the teachers and staff invested in me made my decision to stick around the easiest of my life.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
Since the sixth grade, I have participated in a sport every fall, winter, and spring season that I was able to and have been a part of the lacrosse, football, swimming, and track teams. Along with my fellow seniors, this year I was a football team co-captain, and I served as the captain and chaplain of the varsity swim team. I have played trombone in the band since seventh grade, and I play in our jazz band. I am a CELL group leader for middle school boys, a member of my church’s youth group, a Tri-M Honor Society member, and I have been an admissions ambassador since eighth grade. I am a swim coach at Brookhaven Swim Club, and I have held internships with the pastor of my church. I am the 2017-18 admissions prefect and through that serve on the facilities’ subcommittee of the school’s strategic initiative planning team.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
During my time at Charlotte Christian I have been on the magna cum laude or cum laude roll every year, along with achieving summa cum laude my junior year. I am in the National Honor Society; I was one of two CCS nominees for the Park Scholarship; and at the end of my junior year earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors. I won a state championship in both varsity football and varsity swimming. I currently hold the school record for the 50 freestyle in swimming.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to Appalachian State University, Auburn University, Clemson University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and University of South Carolina. I will be attending the University of South Carolina.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I am planning on studying business management at the University of South Carolina where I have received the Woodrow Academic Scholarship.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subject at Charlotte Christian is history, in part because I enjoy learning about past leaders and exploring how our world has changed through a Christian perspective, but it is also because of the amazing history department. Teachers like Dr. Headley, Mr. Hoff, and Mrs. Nielsen have pushed me to learn and have helped me grow in my love of history while investing in me both as a student and as a Christian man.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
In my years at Charlotte Christian, there have been many people instrumental in helping to develop me into the man I am today. In middle school, Mr. Simon (middle school assistant principal) and Coach Ross helped me grow out of my shy nature and inspired me to follow Christ, make new friends, and discover the joy that can be found in sports.

In high school, teachers like Mr. Cummings (US Bible) and Mr. Hoff (US History) have played an integral part in shaping my worldview, and through trips like Transform Charlotte, March for Life, and Harvard Model Congress, have built my confidence to be a leader and helped me make my faith my own.

The entire CCS admissions department has become my home within a home, and the opportunities and love that Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Calhoun, Mrs. Jackson, and Mrs. Myers show me every day inspire me to keep coming back to the ambassador program. They have fully prepared me for any future admissions work that I conduct at my new home next year.

My life has seemingly always revolved around sports, and I wish I could thank each football coach individually. Specifically, Coach Estep demonstrated what it means to be a leader from the first day I sat in his weight room office, and he has become a role model to me through his ability to inspire others while deepening his personal relationship with each and every athlete. Coach Kasay helped me through one of the hardest periods of my life, and through his constant guidance in my ACL recovery process, became an adult I could confide in and trust as he inspired me to keep working even though the healing process seemed never-ending. And finally, I would like to thank Coach Troy Brown. Not only did he open up his home to us, but also his generosity has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. His selflessness love for his D-Line boys, and servant’s heart create a standard of character hard to live up to, and his passion for our Charlotte Christian football culture shows in the multitude of alumni that come back every year to celebrate the impact he has had on them.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
The impact Charlotte Christian has had on my life is too great to begin calculating. All I can say is that the people who have loved me all these years, through middle and upper school, have totally transformed me into the person that I am today. Without this school, I truly do not know what life would have been like or who I would have become, but I know this for sure: I will never find an end to the blessings this school has showered over my life.

Regan Jackson

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started at CCS in junior kindergarten.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My mother and several of her sisters attended and graduated from Charlotte Christian, and her family has been very involved with the school ever since.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
In school, I’m the president of the National Art Honor Society, president of the Photography Club, and president of Young Democrats Club. I’m also involved with A Little Knight Music, the Honors Choir, the National Junior Classical League Latin Club, and the Health Careers Club. I’ve been a Student Ambassador since freshman year for the admissions department, as well. I’ve been a peer tutor for the last two years in English, Latin, and math. I was also chosen last year to be a tutor at the CCS Writing Center.

In terms of service work, I’ve been a backstage hand for every lower, middle, and upper school play since I was in the seventh grade. I also volunteer around my community with different medical events (Novant Health back-to-school screening events, local marathons for health awareness, campaign volunteer during election season, and etc.)

For work, I founded and operate my own art store on Etsy called RNJDesign. I do commissions, sell my own products, and sell my own original art to raise money for my college tuition. I officially opened this shop this past August, but I’ve been selling my art on Redbubble.com and Society6.com since freshman year and I’ve offered independent commissions for the last several years as well.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I’m an active member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. In terms of awards, I’ve been blessed to receive four Scholastic Art and Writing honorable mentions (painting, photography, poetry, and a personal essay), two Silver Keys (editorial cartoon and painting), and two Gold Keys (painting and scratch art.) I’ve also received Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude awards for the National Latin Exam (my sophomore/junior years). Additionally, I’ve been published twice as a visual artist in the National CelebratingArt.com competitions.

My senior year, I was selected to attend a day-long conference with entrepreneur and CEO Katlyn Grasso for an event CCS hosted to expose middle and high school students who are interested in business to the world of entrepreneurship. While this was a single-day event, I have stayed in contact with Ms. Grasso and her team and have been able to market my own art with a partner she works with, and I’m also working with her company more over the summer.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I’ve been accepted at George Washington University, Temple University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Virginia Commonwealth University. I will be attending George Washington University.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I plan to major in anthropology and pre-med with the intention of becoming a medical doctor. I’d like to work with non-profit organizations that focus on domestic/global healthcare such as the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, the White Helmets, etc. Long term, I’d like to run my own free clinic in a major American city someday.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
Close teachers and friends say I’m “a renaissance woman,” meaning I’m interested in a vast amount of subjects, and I work to be good at a large variety of things. That being said, if I have to pick favorites, English 11 and 12, art history, biology, psychology, and apologetics and philosophy have always captivated me the most. It’s been through these classes that I’ve been able to learn the most about different cultures and humans on a deeper level. Each of these classes has provoked deep thought, challenging not only my beliefs but also my reasons for the values I hold to.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Having spent so many hours on the CCS campus the last 14 years, I’ve definitely developed strong connections to a lot of the teachers. Namely, Mrs. Ramsey (MS/US Media Specialist), Mrs. Crawford (former US Art), and Mrs. Poole (US Assistant Principal) have become trusted confidants of mine; these women know my heart and they have always encouraged me to be the best version of myself and to never skimp out on any of my dreams. I have these women to thank for being daily inspirations to me as they each live and teach with the love and guidance of God.

Mrs. Jones (US Math), Mrs. Emery (US Math), Mrs. Switzer (US Science), Mrs. Szymborski (US English), and Mrs. Dean (US English) have challenged me. From Mrs. Jones’ Algebra II Trig class to Mrs. Switzer’s AP Environmental Science, I can always expect the homework to last at least an hour in these classes. Math, science, and writing have always challenged me, and taking classes with strong Christian women that push me, reminds me why I love to learn. It’s definitely not always easy, and there have been serious struggles in the classes each of these teachers lead, but I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. I have these women to thank for always pushing me. It’s easy to fall into routines of things you’re good at, and I’m so thankful that these women keep me humble and on my toes.

I am also thankful for Mr. Hardy (US Bible) for not only challenging why I believe what I do, but for also encouraging me to gather my own evidence and prove my own values to myself. Philosophy and Apologetics has given me the confidence and the decisiveness to claim myself a Christian. He helped me redefine my faith in a rational and logical way, always provided a judgment-free zone, and was genuine in his encouragement of my learning, and I am forever thankful.

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 definitely taught me how to argue for myself and defend what I believe in, which I know I’ll use for the rest of my life. I’ve grown in my ability to tackle hard questions with a level head and sound evidence. I’ve also learned a lot about how I will always be able to find like-minded people, and that friends who encourage my personal growth and genuinely promote my success are friends I’ll have for life.

In terms of life after graduation, I feel completely prepared. Not only do I have a tool belt of answers about my ideologies, but I’ve also learned skills like essay writing, grammar, punctuation, general critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, and study skills. I definitely feel like I have a strong academic springboard to launch from.

Ryan Chaffin

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started attending Charlotte Christian when I was in the fifth grade.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My family chose Charlotte Christian because it offered my brother and me the perfect blend of strong academics, a Christ-centered education, and elite athletics in a college preparatory environment. As a senior finishing up my eighth year at Charlotte Christian, I couldn’t be happier with my family’s decision to enroll me here.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I played football at Charlotte Christian all four years of high school. I am also a two-year member of the Knights Knews broadcasting team and currently serve as the president of the National Honor Society. I have volunteered with the organization Mercy Matters serving underprivileged children in Lancaster, S.C. Additionally, I have participated in Student Government serving as both class chaplain and president my junior and freshman years respectively. Lastly, I also have attended the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. these past two years and participated in Joy Prom.

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 Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll every year at Charlotte Christian and was recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar. I am also an AP Scholar with Honors and was awarded The Prize Book of the Harvard Alumni Association during my junior year. I received the Charlotte Christian varsity football witness award this year and have also won the Timothy Award, given to a Charlotte Christian student who best exhibits “service above self.” In addition, I have attended Harvard Model Congress serving as a delegate on the Senate Committee in charge of Homeland Security, and I was also selected to participate in the Wake Forest Business and Entrepreneurship Summer Immersion Program this past June where I was recognized along with my team for creating one of the top entrepreneurial ventures.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to Elon University, Furman University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University and was accepted at all four schools.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I plan on studying business during my time in college, and specifically, I want to explore the field of finance. Down the road, my ultimate goal would be to incorporate my business degree with my passion for sports. My dream would be to work in the front office of a professional sports franchise.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I was awarded the Bell Tower Scholarship from Furman University and the Presidential Scholarship from Elon University. I was also selected to be one of Charlotte Christian’s nominees for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
One of my favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian is AP Statistics with Mr. Runge. I enjoy his class because I am able to immediately apply what I learn to the outside world using the activities we do in class such as playing a game of UNO or fact-checking the alleged distribution of a certain color of M&M’s in a bag. These activities make statistics fun for me, and personally, I enjoy the process of working out a math problem. I also enjoyed taking Logic and Debate with Mr. Henson because the class helped me develop the ability to create strong and coherent arguments regarding issues that are important to me.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Some of my favorite teachers that I have had at Charlotte Christian are Mrs. Dean (US English) and Mr. Fair (US Broadcasting & Film). Although English isn’t my passion, I love having Mrs. Dean as a teacher because of her willingness to be open with her students and because of her ability to simulate what life would be like in a college class room. I also enjoy having Mr. Fair as a teacher because he intentionally seeks out relationships with his students. He works to teach us lessons not only about school but also about life and being an adult. Both Mr. Fair and Mrs. Dean have taught me to be a hard worker and challenged me to expand my creative thought process, and I am grateful to both of them for that.

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 made a difference in my life by exposing me to people who care about me and set an example for how I should live. Through my teachers at Charlotte Christian, God has given me examples of men and women who truly live out their faith and show me what it means to live a godly life. I have received countless examples of wisdom from my time here, and I am certainly leaving Charlotte Christian as a better person than when I came. I think Charlotte Christian has prepared me for life after graduation by making me stronger both intellectually and spiritually. Charlotte Christian has equipped me with the resources I need to succeed academically no matter what college I attend, and because of Charlotte Christian, I am ready to handle the demands of being a college student. Charlotte Christian has also helped me develop in my walk with Christ by allowing me to establish a factual basis for my beliefs and providing me with a better understanding of who God is. Thanks to my time at Charlotte Christian, I am ready to defend my faith these next years at college and continue to grow in my relationship with Jesus.

Lyndon Lloyd

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
We were looking for a Christian environment that would best prepare me for my future.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I am currently involved with One7 Ministries, serving every Thursday night at their refugee center. At school, I am the founder and president of the One7 Ministries Club that serves the first Thursday of every month. I have been a CELL group leader both last year and this year. I also play guitar on the worship team at school. I work at Clean Juice in Stonecrest.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I’m in the National Honor Society and have been on the honor roll throughout upper school. I won the leadership award and was the team captain on the JV basketball team. I recently won a gold key award for my personal essay/memoir in the regional Scholastic completion.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I’ve applied to Appalachian State, Belmont, Biola, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Palm Beach Atlantic, and Pepperdine.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I will most likely study psychology to potentially become a counselor. I don’t have a clear understanding of my long-term goals – just something where I can serve and love other people!

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My junior and senior Bible (Christian Theology and Apologetics) classes have been my favorite courses at Charlotte Christian. I believe these classes separate this school from others in the area due to the level of thinking and real world application.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Mr. Fair (US Broadcasting), Mrs. Ramsey (Media Specialist), and Mrs. Edwards (US Business) are among my favorites. I have loved my teachers because of the relationships we’ve built and the unique ways in which they challenge me outside of schoolwork. I’ve had dozens of meaningful conversations that shift my perspective on the world and my maturity in the Lord.

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’s combination of hard work, discipline, and Christian values has not only stretched my comfort zone but also aided me in developing these areas outside of school. I feel prepared for the educational rigor of the next years in college.

Callie Cain

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I began at Charlotte Christian in kindergarten.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents were looking for an academically challenging school with a small community that would provide my sister and me with a Christian education.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
For three years I served in the Student Government Association as the secretary for my class. I have been on the yearbook staff for two years and am currently the editor-in-chief. Beginning my sophomore year, I have been a CELL group leader and a peer tutor for Spanish students. I have been a member of the varsity dance team for three years and was named co-captain my senior year. As a senior, I was a member of the varsity cheerleading team.

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 Summa Cum Laude honor roll for all but one semester, was named an AP Scholar, and was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, serving as the secretary for both societies. Over the past few years, I received the determination and diligence awards for the dance team, and this year I was named to the CISAA all-conference team and also received the team’s leadership award.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have applied to Auburn University, Clemson University, Furman University, University of Georgia, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, University of South Carolina and Wofford College and I have fortunately been accepted to all of them.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
In college, I would like to major in biology and life sciences on a pre-med track in hopes of pursuing a medical-related career. In the long-term, I would like to have a job in the field of medicine, as it would combine my passion of helping people and fascination of science and biology.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I have received the University of Georgia Classic Scholarship, Clemson University Out of State Scholarship, Furman Bell Tower Scholarship, Wofford Scholars Scholarship, Auburn University Charter Scholarship, and the South Carolina Flinn Scholarship.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
There have been many courses that I have thoroughly enjoyed here at Charlotte Christian but my favorites have been government, math, and Spanish. I enjoyed learning about our government and the way it functions, especially after participating at the Harvard Model Congress in Boston. I have always enjoyed math and learning how multiple methods can lead to one answer. In Spanish I love diving into a foreign language and also learning about other cultures.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Every teacher at Charlotte Christian has impacted me greatly and has given me the tools to succeed after I leave high school. Some of my favorites include Mr. Ector (US English), Mrs. Emery (Varsity Dance), Mrs. Nieto (US Spanish), Mrs. Jones (US Math), Mrs. Dean (US English), and Mr. Hoff (US Government). They have challenged me academically and have demonstrated that they truly care about each of their students. I have learned so many valuable lessons that I will carry with me through college and the rest of 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?
As I have grown up in this school, I have truly been impacted by this loving community. Throughout the years, I have gained a love for learning and challenging academics that have pushed me to develop a strong work ethic and problem-solving skills. The biblical foundation I have received at CCS has grounded my faith and has given me the tools to defend my faith in college and grow in Christ. Charlotte Christian has given me so many opportunities and ways to get involved, and I was able to have an amazing high school experience. Moving on to college, I am prepared not only academically, but also spiritually.

Blake Preston

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
We were looking for a better fit socially and academically and wanted a Christian environment.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I play basketball, work for Yes I Can basketball as a referee, and am a CELL group leader.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I received the 2015-16 varsity basketball team’s most improved award and the 2016-17 dedication award. This past season I was named co-captain of the varsity team, received the Timothy award and was named first team all-conference and first team all-state. I was also named to the all-tournament team for the Hoopsgiving Tournament (November 2017), Roundball Classic (December 2017), and Gonzaga DC Classic (December 2017).

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I received a full scholarship to play basketball at Liberty University.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I plan on studying sports marketing. Long-term I would love to play professionally somewhere, and then go into marketing before eventually retiring and attending seminary.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Bible department as it has helped me make my faith my own and educated me in how to defend my faith.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Mr. Ector (US English), Coach Brown (varsity basketball), Mr. Henson (US Bible), and Mr. Hardy (US Bible) have all poured into my life and impacted me in a positive fashion. Mr. Ector has encouraged me throughout my journey as a student-athlete but also as a child of God. Coach Brown has had a huge impact on me as he made it his goal to not only get to know me better as a student-athlete, but also as a friend, which has been a big blessing. Mr. Henson has given me tools to defend my faith and to make it my own and has brought me many laughs. Mr. Hardy has come along as one of my favorite teachers this year for the way he combines learning and fun into every lesson. He has also befriended me in a way that makes his class one of the highlights of my day.

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 strengthened my faith as it has taught me to defend and logically think through each part of my belief. It has expanded my knowledge of God as well as the world. Charlotte Christian has prepared me to be a Christian “on fire” instead of a “lukewarm” one and has allowed me to grow.

Jadon Elkins

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I came to Charlotte Christian my sophomore year.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents recommended that I move to Charlotte Christian and they encouraged me to research and come to my own conclusion as to whether I would attend or not. I was very happy to learn that private schools tend to have smaller class sizes that enable students to focus more on their studies and have access to the teacher for assistance. Given the outcome, I have no regrets.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I am currently a member of the varsity track and field team. I serve as a Spanish tutor; have attended several mission trips; and volunteer year round at Mercy Matters. I also serve as a volunteer at Transformation Church where I usher, direct traffic and have packed and delivered meals and have worked at The Harvest Center.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am very proud to say that I am a member of the National Spanish Honor Society.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have applied to several colleges among which are Appalachian State University, Furman University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I would like to study international business/global affairs because of my passion for helping others and cultural sensitivity. My long-term career goals would include remembering the importance of occasionally lending a helping hand to those in need. This is a struggle for many due to our fast-paced society. From this core place of compassion and purpose, these qualities are what I will exhibit in order to continue to shape our future, diversity of thought and make a long-lasting mark on the world.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian are Spanish and math. I enjoy learning languages and have also began to self-teach Mandarin. I enjoy math because I think it is interesting how any calculation ends in a result. For instance, using math helps us understand God’s creation.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
All of my teachers I have had in the past three years are my favorite because they left me with an enjoyable experience in their class, coupled with accelerated learning, which I will forever remember. But, if I were just to name a few I would say Mrs. Szymborski (US English), Mrs. Nieto (US Spanish), Mrs. Switzer (US Environmental Science), and Mr. Hoff (US History). I have enjoyed these teachers in particular because I enjoy learning about the world and each of them broadened my views.

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 made a difference in my life by helping me get closer to God, combined with accelerated learning. Throughout my years at Charlotte Christian, I have learned in-depth about God which has been an amazing experience. God is incorporated into everything, and I found this to be impactful. Charlotte Christian has prepared me for life after graduation by giving me the rigor I need to succeed and make an impact on the world. It has also taught me how to defend my faith so that I am equipped to spread the knowledge of Christianity to those not close to God, as well to give glory to God.

Hannah Faulkenberry

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.

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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