Senior Spotlight

The Senior Spotlight highlights members of the Class of 2019. 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 at Charlotte Christian in second grade.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
Before moving to Charlotte, my family was introduced to Charlotte Christian by my aunt, Mrs. Katrina Cassier. After touring the school, my parents felt like Charlotte Christian would be the best fit for both my brother and me spiritually and academically. They wanted us to learn and grow in an environment that taught from a Christian worldview.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I have been involved in baseball at Charlotte Christian for all four years of high school and was selected as the captain my senior year. I am also involved in the National Honor Society and serve as the treasurer. Additionally, I volunteer at the Gladedale community where I serve as a tutor to underprivileged kids. In both my junior and senior year, I participated on Charlotte Christian’s Academic WorldQuest team in which we competed in an academic trivia competition each fall. In addition, I played JV soccer for one season and JV basketball for two seasons.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Finalist. I have been on the Summa Cum Laude honor roll every semester from 9-12 grade at Charlotte Christian and have received the highest-grade award in 13 of my classes. In addition, in my junior year, I was awarded the University of Rochester Bausch+Lomb Honorary Science Award. I am also proud to say that I am the valedictorian of the 2019 class and will be graduating with honors within the next couple weeks. I was selected as Charlotte Christian’s nominee for the Charlotte Observer Senior of the Year. I was also awarded the Timothy Award for “service above self” my sophomore year. Additionally, I served as the sophomore representative on the band council and participated in the Tri-M Music club for three years of high school. For athletics, I served as the co-captain of the JV basketball team and also received the dedication award. In my junior and senior seasons, I was selected to the CISAA all-conference and NCISAA all-state baseball teams in addition to being awarded the team’s Cy Young award (best pitcher) my junior year. Finally, I was selected to be a co-captain on the baseball team for my senior season.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to Clemson, NC State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Thus far, I have been accepted to Clemson, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I plan on studying engineering at Virginia Tech University. I am not quite sure what type of engineering, but I have narrowed it down to mechanical, biomedical, and aerospace. As far as long-term career goals, I want to pursue engineering and maybe get a master’s in business to move into the management of engineering later on in my career.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships
I have been blessed to receive a partial athletic scholarship for baseball at Virginia Tech and will be playing for the Hokies in the fall. Also, I received the in-state scholarship at Clemson University. I have also applied to multiple additional scholarships and have not yet heard back from all of them.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been AP BC Calculus, AP Physics, and Christian Theology. For BC Calculus, we had math class both A and B days, which sounds like the worst thing in the world for most people, but even through long days and tough lessons, our class was able to have a good time. We were able to focus when necessary, and the class was one of my favorites because of our ability to have fun and enjoy each other even through challenging curriculum. For AP Physics, I really enjoyed the class because of what it taught me. As I am planning to go into engineering, I liked the way in which I really learned how things work. For many things, it was no longer this happens because it happens, but it was now, this certain outcome happens for a specific reason. Finally, Christian Theology was one of my favorite classes because it allowed me to truly learn to start defending my faith. This class allowed me to be more confident in my faith and feel that I can combat any attack that comes my way in the future.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
At Charlotte Christian, there are many people who impacted me throughout my years here. Mrs. Susan Jones has been an important teacher in my high school career through my two math classes with her. She is able to make math exciting and truly shows that she cares about each and every student she has. Mr. Rob Mina (Calculus III) encouraged me to be a better student and a better person throughout my senior year. Even on the days when I was dragging into class, he pushed us to learn in any way we could. We definitely had fun throughout the year, and somehow, we were all able to write code that actually worked. Mrs. Sue Nielsen (AP European History) also impacted me this year because of her willingness to go out of her way to connect with people. For me, it was either talking about baseball or what my brother’s class used to do, but no matter who it was, she always went out of her way to get to know her students. Mrs. Foxx and Mrs. Cassier have been influential in my life, and I am grateful for all they have done from telling me about various scholarship opportunities to reviewing the numerous essays that each one required. Lastly, Mr. Bob Angley (math), Mrs. Kim McGinn (science), and Mr. Ryan Runge (math), although they have each retired or moved to the mission field, all made a difference in my life because of their passion for the subjects they taught, and their concerted effort to mold me into a better person and a better Christian in any way they could.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
I have been greatly impacted through my years at Charlotte Christian. On the academic side of things, I have been taught a multitude of things that have prepared me for life beyond Charlotte Christian. However, perhaps the greatest lesson that I have learned through all of the classes is that one has to have perseverance in every day life. Classes throughout high school have prepared me for future classes, but in no way will I be able to succeed in college classes and in the workplace without perseverance. Therefore, I feel that one of the greatest ways that Charlotte Christian has prepared me for college and beyond is through teaching me perseverance and helping me understand that life will not always be easy and it is important to be able to overcome setbacks and adversity. Charlotte Christian has impacted me in many ways through my years, and I definitely know that I would not be the person I am today without the many lessons that I have learned here.

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Nathan Brannon

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I came to Charlotte Christian School in junior kindergarten.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents decided on Charlotte Christian because it provides not only an excellent academic education, but is also Christ-centered and intentionally integrates biblical truth on every level. The caring, close-knit community with similar values was also something that attracted them to Charlotte Christian.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
Outside of school, I participated in Boy Scouts for eight years, earning my Eagle Scout award this past year. I completed my Eagle Project on campus by restoring the picnic area in front of the Early Education Building. At school I have competed on the varsity swim team for four seasons. My junior year, I was the team’s co-captain and this past season I led the team as captain. I also served as vice president of the National Honor Society and participated in the National Art Honors Society for four years. I have had a couple jobs outside of school, but currently I am working at Haagen Dazs. Some of my favorite memories at Charlotte Christian were made during my J-Term mission trip to Haiti and my travel abroad to Yamate Gakuin High School in Japan last summer.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am an honors graduate, AP Scholar with Distinction, and have been named the salutatorian of the class of 2019. Apart from academics, I won two honorable mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition (one for art and one for writing). I also placed second in the Patriotic Art Competition, sponsored by the Carolina’s Freedom Foundation. In addition, I earned three superior awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs for playing piano in high school.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I will be studying at Virginia Tech University this fall. I was also accepted to Clemson University, NC State University, and the University of Virginia, and I am currently waitlisted at Rice University.

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 architecture in college. I’m passionate about designing and creating something that can influence society and impact people’s everyday lives. After earning a professional degree (B-ARCH) at Virginia Tech, I plan on entering the workforce for career experience to become a licensed architect or continue my education in graduate school (but that’s some ways down the road…).

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
At Virginia Tech I have been awarded two scholarships: the Beyond Boundaries Academic Scholarship and the David L. Calhoun ‘79 Scholarship. At the University of Virginia, I was awarded the Blue Ridge Scholars scholarship. I also received a tuition scholarship from Clemson University.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects throughout the years have been art and history. As a future design major, I really value the teaching and resources available to upper school art students. AP Studio Art has been a transformative class that gave me the necessary freedom to define myself as an artist through an extensive concentration portfolio, constructive interactions with other students, and the guidance of Mr. Bryn Gillette. I also have loved history throughout the years mostly in part to the awesome faculty in that subject. Whether it was Mr. John Crowley and Dr. Donn Headley teaching U.S. History or Mrs. Sue Nielsen teaching European History, the extensive knowledge these teachers harbor for their subjects definitely engaged and excited me to learn. I’d also like to give a quick shout-out to Mr. Giller’s Current Events’ class and my B1 study hall people!

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
My biggest role model at Charlotte Christian School has been Mr. Gillette. While not only being an incredible artist, he has poured wisdom into our class every morning, and I really appreciate all he has done to help us grow and develop creatively. In addition, I’d like to thank Mr. Steve Hoff (U.S. Government and Politics) for being a great teacher and dedicating so much energy to the swim team and all of his responsibilities at the school. Finally, Dr. Kaylah Holland (middle school technology facilitator) taught me how to lead with a servant’s heart during my J-Term in Haiti this past winter. I am so impressed with her drive to be a light for God and use her talents to provide for those in need. I wish her all the best as she transitions from teaching at CCS to teaching at Mission of Hope in Haiti, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had to serve alongside her!

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Due to the fact that I have spent a majority of my life at Charlotte Christian School (14 years!), this school has definitely made a big impact on me. Whether it be through the lifelong friendships and memories, or the school trips to Breckenridge and Windy Gap, Charlotte Christian has provided me with many opportunities to succeed academically alongside a community of caring teachers and friends. The upper school Bible department teachers have been extremely impactful in the way they not only teach about the Christian faith but also provide substantial evidence to defend it. With graduation fast approaching, I am eager to tackle college with an awesome group of friends and the knowledge to confidently grow and succeed as an alumnus of the class of 2019.

Maggie Porter

ABOUT ME
In what grade 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 for me to have a smaller, Christian environment. I came from a large, public middle school and was headed for an even larger, public high school, and while I would have been completely fine there, they felt that I would thrive in a smaller environment. So, after lots of searching, they felt CCS was the perfect place. My dad grew up in Christian education (in Alabama), so between that and the feeling on campus academically, socially, and spiritually, we decided Charlotte Christian was the right place for me.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I have been involved in many co-curricular activities at Charlotte Christian, and all of them made my time here meaningful. I played JV soccer my freshman and sophomore years and tennis just my freshman year. I served as an admissions ambassador my junior and senior years while also peer tutoring in the Writing Center. I served as a CELL group leader my junior year and participated in the mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I co-founded and ran the Mental Health Matters club with my friend Martha Ann Langdon, and I am a member of the National Art Honor Society and the Dog Bless You club. I have been involved with Girl Scouts since third grade, and to earn my Girl Scout Gold Award (the equivalent of an Eagle Scout Award), I started a program called ProjectVet to benefit the mental health of veterans and active duty service members in our state, country, and all over the world. Though there are other co-curricular activities I could add, one of the most impactful has been my time on the Accolade yearbook staff. Serving this year as the co-editor in chief with my friend Payton Jones, I have learned so much and built amazing relationships with everyone on the staff.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am an honors graduate, AP Scholar with Distinction, and have been named the salutatorian of the class of 2019. Apart from academics, I won two honorable mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition (one for art and one for writing). I also placed second in the Patriotic Art Competition, sponsored by the Carolina’s Freedom Foundation. In addition, I earned three superior awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs for playing piano in high school

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have applied and been accepted to Clemson University Honors College, Fordham University, Furman University, Mercer University Honors College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of South Carolina Honors College, Wake Forest University, and Wofford College Honors College. I will be attending Furman University.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
In college I plan to major in biology with a minor in both Spanish and Poverty Studies. I hope to attend veterinary school at NC State and later run or work at a low-cost clinic in the local area or at Planned Pethood Plus in Denver, Colorado. My long-term career goals are to be a veterinarian in the Dominican Republic. I would like to provide free and reduced vet care to the people living there with pets, while also spaying and neutering street dogs and cats to cut down on numbers of strays, diseases, aggression, and more. Dr. Jeff Young from Planned Pethood Plus has been doing a similar thing in Mexico, and the results are incredible. I hope to take what he has done and develop it in the Dominican Republic. I truly have a heart for both people and animals, and I want to serve them in any way possible.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
I have been very blessed to receive merit scholarships from Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and Fordham University and was named a Wofford Scholar and Townes Scholar (Furman University). Lastly, I was named a Stamps Scholar at Mercer University.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
Charlotte Christian has so many incredible teachers, each knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, that it is hard to pick just a few favorite subjects. I love biology - from dissections to genes to food webs - and I am so grateful to Mr. McLeod for being such a great teacher. Though I think of myself as more of a science and math-minded girl, I have really enjoyed every English and History class I have taken at Charlotte Christian, from European History to Language and Composition. I have also really enjoyed Bible, as I never had a formal Biblical education before ninth grade. Learning so much more about the Bible, defense of my faith, and other religions truly opened my eyes to so much and fueled my walk with God. I have also enjoyed every art class I have taken. I have been so encouraged to grow and develop my talents as an artist, and I have felt free to express myself, for which I am so grateful.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
I have too many favorite Charlotte Christian teachers, mentors, and coaches to mention. My very first class as a scared freshman at a new school was Intro to Bible with Mr. Allen Nielsen. I had the incredible pleasure of being taught by both Mr. and Mrs. (Sue) Nielsen (AP European History), and I will never forget them. They truly care about their students, which made such a difference in my life. Mrs. Brooke Webber (English 9) also made a big impact on my freshman year, and she continues to do so today. I am proud to call her one of my mentors and someone I can always come to, and the same can be said for Mrs. Ramsey. These women are incredibly kind souls who positively influence me in so many ways. Mrs. Morgan and Mr. Ector pushed me to do my best through every yearbook spread, picture, and decision, and I am so grateful for what they taught me. Lastly, Mrs. Foxx has been very influential in my life. Even before I was a senior, she helped me through my struggles with debilitating migraines (as did the amazing, patient ladies in the office), and this year has been instrumental in my college journey. I would not be where I am today without her guidance and advice. These teachers, and so many more, have blessed me, and I will never forget the hours they poured into me in so many different ways.

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 impacted me in so many ways. I have been given a safe environment in which to grow. I have been given friends, mentors, teachers, and classmates who model God’s unconditional love every day. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone, but also met where I am. CCS has given me: the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic; Mrs. Foxx who helped me through all of my confusion this year; Windy Gap, Bible class and a chapel every Thursday that helps me grow in my faith; the opportunity to join the things I want to, start the things I want to, and do whatever is needed to grow into a stronger, better, more godly woman. I am leaving CCS a confident, happy girl ready for everything thrown at me…but I also know I am always welcome back.

Kaitlin Walker

ABOUT ME
In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started attending Charlotte Christian in the ninth grade when we moved to Charlotte.

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
For the larger part of my life, I have attended Christian school, and I believe that learning through a Christian worldview has allowed my faith to grow and strengthen exponentially. As a result, I knew that when we moved to Charlotte I wanted to stay in Christian school. My parents and I appreciated the academic rigor at Charlotte Christian School, as well as the numerous opportunities to grow and pursue my interests and talents beyond the classroom.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
First, my largest commitment outside of the classroom has been my involvement in athletics, as I have played all 12 seasons of high school sports. My freshman and sophomore years, I played on the junior varsity volleyball team and moved up to the varsity team my junior year. In addition, I played on the junior varsity basketball team during ninth grade and began playing varsity my sophomore year. Lastly, I have played on the varsity soccer team for all four years of high school. Since the sixth grade, I have loved playing the clarinet and I joined the upper school wind ensemble my freshman year and was involved for three years. My senior year, I was selected as Charlotte Christian’s Head Prefect and have served as the leader to our student body – a position I have both embraced and enjoyed. As I love the environment and culture our school provides, I have also served as an admissions ambassador for two years and have spoken to countless families about the school I truly have a passion for. In addition, I have participated in Charlotte Christian’s French Club for four years, serving as the president my senior year. One of my greatest passions includes helping younger students gain a better understanding of writing, so I have volunteered as a peer tutor for two years in our Writing Center. Outside of school, I have served as a nursery volunteer twice a month at my church throughout my high school career.

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 cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude honor rolls all throughout high school. In addition, I have received the award for highest grade in French 2, 3, 4, and AP. The summer after my sophomore year, I was invited to attend the Gordon College Leadership Lab, where I spent a week working to create attainable solutions to real-world problems. I am a member of the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society, of which I am the president. I received the Witness Award during my junior volleyball season, the Leadership Award and MVP Award during my junior and senior basketball seasons, and the Positivity Award during my junior soccer season. I was named first team all-conference my junior year in basketball, and second team all-conference my junior year in soccer. I also received the Timothy Award at the end of my freshman year, recognizing Christian character.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to and was offered admission at Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University and Virginia Tech University. Thankfully, I knew what I wanted to study, so I was able to narrow my college search down to only a few schools. I am incredibly excited to say that I will be attending Virginia Tech next year!

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I was accepted to Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and plan to pursue my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Furthermore, I would love to continue my studies of the French language by pursuing a minor in French or international relations. As of right now, a dream of mine is to potentially move back overseas and work in the pharmaceutical industry.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
I was a nominee for the Park Scholarship at North Carolina State University and the Carolina Panthers’ Sam Mills Scholarship. I advanced to the finals of the Sam Mills Scholarship and will interview to see if I am granted the scholarship towards my tuition at Virginia Tech. I also advanced to the semifinals of the Davenport Leadership Scholarship at Virginia Tech.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian School are French, math, and Bible. My study of the French language has deepened my interest in pursuing a career overseas, and I have enjoyed learning about the French culture as well. In addition, my future career largely involves math and science, so Mrs. Jones’s AP Calculus class has been the perfect fit for me. Finally, my favorite Bible class during high school was Christian Theology and World Religions where Mr. Henson explained every main world religion in detail and allowed us to understand how Christianity differs from the others. It was in this class that I truly felt as though my faith developed a stronger foundation and really became my own.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
Honestly, I believe every teacher that has taught me at Charlotte Christian has had a profound impact on my life. With that being said, Mrs. Susan Jones (AP Calculus and Algebra 2 Honors), Madame Young (French 2, 3, 4, AP), Mr. Hoff (American Government), and Mr. Henson have been some of the most influential teachers I have learned from. Mrs. Jones taught me for two years, and she is truly a teacher who invests in her students and ensures each student is comfortable with the material. As I mentioned earlier, the French language is one of my biggest interests, and I have been blessed to have Madame Young as my teacher for the last four years. Mr. Hoff truly loves what he teaches, and his passion for AP Government was contagious.

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 allowed me to flourish and grow in every aspect of my life – spiritually, academically, and athletically. For four years, I have been deeply involved with a community who cares about me not only in the classroom, but personally and spiritually as well. The constant care of the teachers and staff at Charlotte Christian has allowed me to grow in my faith and better understand why I believe what I do. Academically, I have consistently been challenged in my classes and feel comfortable about my transition to college. Athletically, not only have I been challenged on the field, but I have been blessed with coaches who truly care about me and who are committed to pouring into my life. Lastly, Charlotte Christian has provided me with the tools to defend my faith and share it with others in the future. I will be forever grateful for the incredible family that I have been a part of here at CCS.

Benjamin Williams

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
After leaving Pineville Elementary School, my parents decided that they wanted me to be in a more challenging and Christian environment.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
At Charlotte Christian I played basketball, football, and ran track during high school, and I am currently one of the captains of the track team. I attended mission trips to Nicaragua and Kenya and worked as a counselor for Coach Estep’s football camp. Outside of school, I have worked at Chick-fil-A and a Christmas tree farm and have served food downtown and worked as a volunteer at a Victory Christian Center church camp.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I received Cum Laude honors my freshman year, and my sophomore year I was given the Timothy Award. Most recently I received the Colby Young Fortitude Award for strength and perseverance. I have been selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and the Wake Forest Summer Immersion program. I was all-conference my junior year in track, and that same year I was a part of the 4x100 team that broke the school record. My senior year in football I earned all-conference and all-state honors.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I knew I wanted to play football in college, but I went ahead and applied to roughly six schools in case football did not work out for me. What I didn’t know until February 2019 was that one of the colleges I applied to would be the same college that I got an offer from to play football - Appalachian State University. It worked out perfectly for me, thank you Jesus!

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 cellular/molecular biology. My long-term career goals are to be a sports medicine doctor as well as play in the NFL. These are two big goals, but with God on my side I am confident I will be able to achieve them. Whatever I do I want to give back to His Kingdom.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
I have received a full scholarship to play football and further my education at Appalachian State University.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian are math and anatomy. Math just simply makes sense to me, 1+1=2 and that’s the only answer. I enjoy Anatomy because I love to learn about God’s creation. The human body is quite mysterious and a beautiful thing.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
This is a hard question for me to answer because I truly do love a lot of teachers, but if I had to choose a few, they would be Mr. John Crowley, Mr. Rob Mina, Dr. Donn Headley, Ms. Angela Blount, and Coach Tiara Butler. I’ve had a great relationship with Mr. Crowley since eighth grade when he first came to CCS. Our similar goofy and funny personalities have brought us closer. Mr. Mina and Dr. Headley carry themselves with such discipline and class. Their peace and love for people is unmatched. Often times you will hear them ask, “How are you?” This simple question goes a long way, and I will always honor and respect them. I had Ms. Blount my sophomore year in her Intro to Acting class. She reminded me of my mother, so it was easy for me to open up to her. If I need prayer or advice, Ms. Blount is the one I go to because she knows just what to say. Lastly, Coach Butler is one of my track and field coaches and has trained me for football as well. She has invested countless hours of her time in me just because she wanted to see me flourish. I can talk to Coach Butler about anything, and I trust her with my life and know she has my best interests at heart.

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 prepared me for the real world. It has taught me how to defend my faith and how to always represent my God, my family, my school, and myself well. Most of all, CCS has taught me how to apply the word of God into my everyday life. The biblical principles I have learned can be applied in the classroom, on the field, around my classmates and friends, and to my life as a man.

Elisabeth Sachtleben

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents wanted me to have a Christian education because they wanted me to know God’s Word so that I could begin to understand the world and myself through God’s eyes.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
Throughout my high school experience at Charlotte Christian, I have been involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities. During my freshman and sophomore years, I was the class secretary, and I played on the junior varsity girls’ soccer team. Sophomore and junior year, I led middle school girls in CELL groups on Wednesday mornings. In January of my junior year, I had the amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic for J-Term. Also during junior year, I joined the yearbook staff and the American Sign Language club and am still a member of both today. I have represented the school as an admissions ambassador, and this year, I am the Student Life prefect and have spent the year planning activities and events for the upper school such as homecoming week, Windy Gap and the Sadie Hawkins dance. One of my favorite activities this year was being a part of the upper school musical, High School Musical! The past two summers, I volunteered at the Bald Head Island Conservancy where I taught young campers more about coastal wildlife, and along with my family, I have served at the Bald Head Island Chapel for their Easter festivities. Throughout high school, I have been a very active member of Young Life. I attend club on Monday nights as well as Bible study on Friday mornings.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am an honors graduate which means I was recognized for earning a weighted cumulative GPA above 4.0 all four years of high school. Throughout high school I have been on the cum laude and magna cum laude honor roll. I am a member of the National Honor Society, and I received the highest-grade award in photoshop junior year. I was honored to be this year’s homecoming queen. I attended Harvard Model Congress in Boston with Charlotte Christian my junior year.

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 by Appalachian State University, Clemson University, Furman University, N.C. State University, and Virginia Tech University. I am very excited to be attending Clemson University next year.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I will be majoring in psychology at Clemson. I am not certain about my long-term career plans. From working as a teacher’s aide in the first grade this year and with children in the Dominican Republic and on Bald Head Island, I realized I would love to work with kids!

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
I received the Bell Tower scholarship from Furman University.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian are Yearbook, World Religions, and Apologetics. Yearbook has been a great creative outlet for me. This year, Mrs. Morgan has pushed me and the rest of the staff to make the best pages we can and make what I think is the best yearbook ever (I may be a little biased.) From early mornings to late, late nights at school, the staff and I have worked to make a yearbook the whole school will enjoy. World Religions and Apologetics have both played a huge part in strengthening my faith. Understanding other religions and knowing how to defend my own has allowed me to grow in my relationship with God, and I am so thankful for those classes.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
There are so many teachers I could talk about here, but the teachers who stand out to me are Mr. Ben Ector, Miss Brooke DeVore, and Mr. Brian Henson. I had Mr. Ector for sophomore English and then for Yearbook junior year. He has always supported me and shows genuine care for his students. Miss DeVore never fails to greet me with a smile and ask me how I am doing. Her care goes beyond the classroom and she reaches out to her students, even ones she had years before, just to catch up. Mr. Henson was the first teacher I had who pushed my Christian faith beyond just Bible facts. From him I learned how to defend my faith and began to really understand how I could share Christ with others. Mr. Henson sincerely wants to see his students grow in their knowledge of Christ, and his class is one I will never forget.

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 great impact on my life, I am sure in many ways I don’t yet even realize. Being a part of this community for the past 13 years has brought so many amazing people into my life, and Charlotte Christian feels like family to me. Beyond just the teachers, it seems every staff member at CCS takes a personal interest in wanting the success of every student, and every member has played a part in equipping me with a strong foundation for life after graduation. I have grown up at Charlotte Christian, and it has taught me the importance of finding a Christian community in college and for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for everything Charlotte Christian has taught me over the past 13 years. I am prepared academically and for the real world as well.

Tracy Pham

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?
I am an exchange student from Vietnam so my parents were looking for a school that offered academic challenges but also allowed me to be immersed in a Christian environment while learning about American culture. I visited other schools in the Charlotte area, but CCS impressed me the most.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I am blessed to be able to serve the student body as the admissions prefect. I was an admissions student ambassador my junior year and which drove me to continue to pursue my interest in admissions and communications this year. I also founded and currently serve as the president of Charlotte Christian’s Model United Nations (MUN) club. Throughout high school, I participated in seven MUN conferences and chaired the Charlotte MUN conference. I was a member of the varsity swim and JV soccer teams. I am also a member of the New Oasis Student Advisory Board, a board where students work to better support international students. I have played piano for more than 13 years. I volunteer to play at nursing homes, open houses, and I compete competitively, also. Through Charlotte Christian, I had a chance to attend the mission trip to the Dominican Republic. It was the most memorable trip in my life and changed my perspective completely.

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 and cum laude honor rolls ever since I moved to Charlotte Christian. I received Highest Grade awards in Algebra 2 Honors and Spanish 1 my sophomore year. I also earned the Most Improved Player award for soccer. I earned multiple awards from the National Federation of Music Club for four conservative years. I was nominated for the George Washington University’s Book Award and Belk Scholarship at Davidson College my junior year. I am also an active member of the National Honor Society and the National Society for High School Scholars. I attended Harvard Model Congress with CCS in Boston and was nominated for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Uplift Program, which I participated in my junior year. I am also graduating with a distinction in math and science as part of Charlotte Christian’s Academic Conservatory.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to and am very blessed to have been accepted to Babson College, Boston University, Drexel University, George Washington University, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Southern California. Yes, I applied to a lot of colleges! I am excited to say that I will attend the University of Southern California.

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 business administration with a concentration in finance. I have always been interested in statistics and math in general, so I will probably do something along those lines.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
So far I have received the Chancellor Award from UMass in Amherst, the Founder’s Scholarship from Drexel University and the Presidential Academic Scholarship from GWU. I was also nominated for Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership scholarships.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian are definitely Calculus, Statistics, United States History, Government, and Apologetics. I love math because there is only one right answer but multiple approaches to a solution and I found that the rigorous curriculum of AP Calculus and AP Statistics allowed me to excel in the classroom and determine my passion for my future career. Coming from a different part of the world, I think it is important to learn about United States History and Government because we all need to understand what has happened in the past and the government structure that allows Americans to live freely. Apologetics is one of my favorite classes because it strengthened my knowledge of Christianity as well as helped me know how to defend my faith. Every class at Charlotte Christian has prepared me for college; every class has given me tremendous knowledge and pushed me out of my comfort zone both in and outside of my classroom.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
I am blessed to have dedicated teachers and faculty members who have been by my side since I came to CCS. I am thankful for every teacher here. I would say that Mrs. Susan Jones, Dr. Donn Headley, Mr. Steve Hoff, Mrs. Karen Dean, and Dr. Dean Hardy are my favorite Charlotte Christian teachers. I enjoyed both Dr. Headley’s and Mr. Hoff’s classes because they are passionate about what they teach and they exemplify Godly characteristics. Mrs. Jones has been my math teacher for two consecutive years and to me she is an amazing, dedicated teacher who always tries her best both in and outside of the classroom. As her student for a long time, I am extremely impressed and thankful for what she has done not only as a teacher but also as a friend. English has always been my hardest subject because it is my second language, but Mrs. Dean always pushes me out of that thought and shows me the joy of teaching and studying English. I am a quiet student in Apologetics, but Dr. Hardy is one of the best teachers; he helped me understand more about Christianity and strengthened my faith. I would love to say thank you to Mrs. Jodi Foxx, Mrs. Sabrina Garrett, and Mrs. Katrina Cassier for always being by my side on the college journey. Not only they are my academic counselors, they are people I look up to. Mrs. Dawn Young has been a wonderful advisor to my MUN club, and she inspires me with her energy and passion for MUN. Mrs. Mindy Eichorn, who worked in the upper school for 14 years and now works in the business office, is my host mother, and I am thankful for her dedication to the school and her close relationship with students.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
It was extremely hard for me to come to a different country and adapt to a whole different culture and language, but Charlotte Christian has been my second home. It is a place I learned not only from my teachers but also from my peers. It is a place where I developed meaningful relationships and stepped outside of my comfort zone. Charlotte Christian prepared me for college and strengthened my faith throughout my high school career.

Claire Burch

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian for my brother and me because they wanted a strong academic program taught from a Biblical worldview. Because we were so young, my parents say they weren’t sure what our gifts and talents were going to be, but they knew whatever they were, Charlotte Christian had everything we needed to develop academically, artistically, athletically and spiritually. Plus, they loved us being a part of a grade JK-12 community at a young age.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I am a four-year admissions ambassador and served at various events and open houses speaking to parents and students. I am a three-year member of the varsity cheerleading team for which I served as captain this season. I was cast in a lead role in the recent production of High School Musical, which became one of my fondest high school memories. Last year I took an American Sign Language (ASL) course at CPCC, which gave me the idea for an ASL club at school. I applied for and received funding from the Knight Tank competition, which allowed me to start the club. My freshman and sophomore years I played JV soccer and served with the Student Government Association as a class officer. I was also on the varsity swim team my sophomore year. I actively attend Young Life on Monday nights and Friday mornings before school and am a senior leader. Last summer I served for a month in the dining room of a Young Life camp in upstate New York. I also provide calligraphy services and create custom art pieces on a commission basis.

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 magna cum laude and cum laude honor roll each semester in high school. This year I received a Scholastic Regional Gold Key for my personal essay, and I was also named second team all-conference in cheerleading. My junior year I received the DAR Good Citizen Award, Highest GPA in English 11 Honors and Highest GPA in Art 2. I am a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society and received a Scholastic honorable mention award for my art work.

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 by Auburn University, Baylor University, Clemson University, and NC State University. I am still awaiting a decision from 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 have many ideas of what I would like to study in college - graphic design, creative writing (nonfiction), and psychology among them – but I am unsure what I will end up pursuing.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships? If so, please list the scholarship and the college.
I was awarded an Academic Charter Scholarship from Auburn University and the Provost's Gold Scholarship from Baylor University. In the fall I also applied for and received the Battle of Charlotte chapter's Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen scholarship. I was eligible for this scholarship based on my receipt of Charlotte Christian's DAR Good Citizen award as a junior.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been my art classes as they have fueled my passion for art and encouraged my desire to pursue it in the future. I also have enjoyed all of my history classes, specifically US History.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite teachers at CCS have been Miss Brooke DeVore, Mr. Rhett Davis, and Mrs. Sue Nielsen. Miss DeVore has been my math teacher for two years and although it is definitely not my best subject, she supports me and always wants to help me in every way possible. Even more than that, I am in her classroom in the mornings, between classes, and after school, just talking about life. The same goes for Mr. Davis, my sophomore year Bible teacher. He was my homeroom teacher that year and was always open to talking about anything and everything going on in our lives as well as sharing parts of his own. Mrs. Nielsen has given me a love of school through her AP European History class. I have come to really enjoy learning new things, and her vast knowledge has been inspiring to me.

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 impacted my life as it has given me a community that not many others are able to have. I have grown up in a place where friends surround me and teachers are supportive and genuinely love me as a person. Senior year specifically, I have enjoyed being challenged and stretched. Through my apologetics class, I have learned it is okay to ask questions and wrestle with my relationship with God. Because of Charlotte Christian, I will be able to thrive after graduation. Because of the friends I’ve made, I know I will always have people to go back to. I am prepared for the next step academically, as my teachers have taught me that I will never improve on something if I don’t put in the effort. Also because of Charlotte Christian, I am encouraged and know the importance of finding a church and a community in college just like the one I have been surrounded by all of these years.

Sammy Henderson

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents wanted me to grow up in a safe and strong Christian community that would help me to grow as a Christian. My mom graduated from CCS in 1996.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I have played football since seventh grade. I have been a CELL group leader and led a morning Bible study for middle school students. I participated in the National Junior Classical League and attended the yearly conventions during my three years studying Latin in 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 have been on the Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude honor rolls multiple times throughout high school. In football, I received first team all-Observer, first team all-conference and second team all-state honors.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I am excited to say I will be attending Appalachian State University 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 have a dream of making it to the NFL. After my football career ends, I would like to become a teacher and a coach to teach younger kids all that I have learned throughout my life.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian are lunch, P.E., and senior flex, but study hall and break are close runners up! In all seriousness, I really enjoyed each of my Bible classes. Not to sound cliché, but they were genuinely my favorite. I learned a lot about God and how to defend my faith. I also loved my Knights Knews class where I got to show off the creative and goofball side of myself that most people didn’t know I had.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
Mr. Mina (US Physics) is probably my favorite teacher at Charlotte Christian. I love going to all the sporting events and you may take that lightly, but I rarely miss a game at CCS and most the time I am there, so is Mr. Mina. He loves his students and it shows. He is at school super early if you need his help, or he will stay late to try and help you grasp a hard concept. And by the way, he scored a perfect score on his SAT, he can bake, he plays the violin, and he worked on the particle accelerator in Geneva; he is nothing less than a genius and he chooses to be at Charlotte Christian because he feels called to be here. He is AMAZING!

Mr. Henson is another one of my favorite teachers because of the great times I had with him in my Bible class and through our Knights Knews vs. Mr. Henson prank wars. He taught me logic, completely shifted my entire paradigm of how I see the world, and helped me learn how to defend and argue for my faith.

Mr. Fair is one of my favorite teachers because he always pushes me to be the best me I can be, especially creatively, in both my Intro to Film and Knights Knews classes.

Mrs. Cassier has had a huge impact on me. CCS has a well-developed college counseling program, but my experience and journey, because of my desire to play football, was difficult. I was well into my senior year with deadlines approaching, and Mrs. Cassier helped me with my Appalachian State application and I know part of my acceptance was because of her help.

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 instilled in me a set of ideals and principles that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I have built friendships here that I cherish and will never forget.

Emily Ketron

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian because they wanted my sister and I to attend a Christ-centered school with strong academics and Godly teachers.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I have competed on Charlotte Christian’s varsity girls’ tennis team for four years. I am a Charlotte Christian admissions ambassador, two-year member of the Accolade yearbook staff and a CCS student Bible study leader. I volunteer at my church, working with the toddlers and in the nursery. For work outside of school, I babysit several lower school kids.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
During my senior year, I was blessed to receive the Hendrick Scholarship. I was elected as one of the varsity girls’ tennis team captains and also received an honorable mention award in the Congressional Patriotic Art competition. I am a member of the National Art Honor Society for which I serve as the secretary. During my junior year, I received a regional Scholastic Gold Key Art award for photography. During my sophomore year, I received the Timothy Award. I am a member of the National Honor Society.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have been accepted to Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, and Western Carolina University.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I am still looking into what I would like to study in college, but I am interested in business and education.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I am waiting to hear back from the scholarship committees, but I have applied for several scholarships including the North Carolina War Veterans Scholarship, Florence Kidder Scholarship, and the Ralph S. Robinson Scholarship.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
Throughout my time at Charlotte Christian, I thoroughly enjoyed taking art classes including sculpture, digital photography, Photoshop, art 1, and AP Studio art. Another class I have enjoyed is Probability and Statistics with Mrs. Emery. Mrs. Emery makes learning math fun by allowing us to do projects and giving us class time to work on problems to make sure we understand what she has taught.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
Throughout high school, I have been blessed to have many great teachers, including Dr. Headley and Mr. Ector. I greatly enjoyed having Mr. Ector for both yearbook and English 10. I am also thankful for Dr. Headley’s example of what it means to be a Godly role model and was blessed to have him as a teacher in AP US History. Another person that has greatly impacted my education is Mrs. Foxx who has been an invaluable mentor. Although Coach Gary Brown and Coach Becky Brown have only spent a year as our tennis coaches, they greatly influenced me. Coach G. Brown has taken the time to help advance my tennis skills and to answer questions and give guidance. Coach B. Brown has a cheerful spirit that always brightens up any day. I really appreciate their influence, and even though the tennis season is over, they still take the time to check up on me and talk to me.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
I have been blessed to attend Charlotte Christian since JK, which has allowed me to grow in my Christian faith and gain strong values. I am excited to carry these values and skills into college with me as I continue to grow.

Maya Cauthen

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents were introduced to Charlotte Christian by a friend and they determined that CCS would provide me with a good education along with an emphasis on Christian values.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
Over the past four years, I’ve devoted my time to fine arts. I have been in three upper school productions with principal roles in Footloose and Cinderella and an ensemble role in High School Musical. I am also a member of the Honors Choir. Perhaps my favorite fine arts related activity would be last year when I had the opportunity to represent Charlotte Christian as a Blumey Student Critic, which allowed me to attend and critique high school musical productions across North Carolina affiliated with the annual Blumey Awards. Aside from fine arts, I have a passion for writing. I have been a staff member for the high school publication, the Lancer, since my freshman year. This year, I took on the role of editor-in-chief after being the fine arts editor my sophomore year and the assistant editor my junior year. On the athletic side, I was an Aqua Knight my sophomore and junior years.

Outside of school, I love to serve the community through ministry and teaching. I have been a vacation Bible school teacher for my church (Friendship Missionary Baptist Church) since eighth grade. I also frequently volunteer at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte with my church where we prepare and serve meals. During the summer, I babysit and teach at an organization called Project 658 that specializes in offering support for refugees and their children. During my freshman and sophomore years, I volunteered as a youth leader for my church where we planned retreats, led youth worship, and planned youth revivals.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
I am a member of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, the Tri-M Honor Society, and the International Thespian Society. I have achieved Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude status throughout high school and received the award for the highest grade in Geometry my freshman year. Last year, I was the recipient of the Brandeis Book Award.

Throughout the past four years, I have been blessed to experience opportunities like attending the Harvard Model Congress my junior year and the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Youth Conference my freshman year. I was also selected for Project Uplift at UNC-Chapel Hill this past summer.

As for fine arts, I am proud to say that in my sophomore year, I received a regional gold key in the National Scholastic Art and Writing competition for my scratchboard piece, “Family Ties.” I advanced to the national level and received a silver medal. That same year, I placed second in the Congressional Art Competition for the same art piece.

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, and so far I have been accepted to Hampton University, North Carolina A&T, Spelman College, University of Tampa and UNC-Chapel Hill. I was accepted into the honors programs at North Carolina A&T and the University of Tampa. A&T also extended me an offer to participate in their special pre-med and pre-law programs.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
As of now, I would love to go into dermatology, and I am excited to either succeed in that field or discover a new path for my life in the next few years. I also have interests in psychology, writing, and history so it’s possible that I may choose a career path along one of those lines. I pray that God will guide me through life’s journey, and I hope to bring honor to Him as well as my family.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
Upon acceptance to Hampton University and the University of Tampa, I was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for both schools.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects are journalism and history. As I mentioned before, writing is one of my passions, and I enjoy writing articles about student life as well as interviewing peers and faculty members. Journalism has given me an appreciation for connecting with others and provided an outlet for me to engage with the rest of student body. As for history, I am fascinated by how mankind interacts with God, nature, and technology throughout different periods in history. I find that learning about the past is important because it directly affects the social and political structure of the present, teaches us about our ancestors’ victories and shortcomings, and provides insight on how we should aim to live in the future. I have thoroughly enjoyed every history course I’ve taken in high school.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
Charlotte Christian teachers are blessings to this school, and I am sincerely grateful to each and every one of them. My favorite teachers would have to be Mr. Ector and Mr. Hoff. Mr. Ector was my journalism teacher from my freshman year to my junior year and also my English teacher during my sophomore year. He’s been a mentor when I needed one and also one of my biggest encouragers. I know I can always rely on him to be there for me when I need a friend. Mr. Hoff was my AP Government teacher and my swim coach last year. I admire him for his knowledge of the American political system, and his dedication as a coach is unmatched by others. He also has the biggest heart ever and always helps his students succeed.

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 is my second home. CCS taught me to put God first in every decision I make because no matter what happens, God is in control. I am grateful for this community because I have been able to openly express my opinions here and be heard. Most of all, Charlotte Christian taught me that I have what it takes to accomplish my goals in life. God is present on this campus, and I am glad I was able spend the last 13 years here.

Nate McGrath

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents and I chose Charlotte Christian so that I could have the opportunity to grow my faith. Charlotte Christian, similar to other schools around Charlotte, provides a great education. However, the one area where Charlotte Christian differs is in providing a Christian education that teaches students how to soundly defend their faith through Christian Theology and Apologetics classes.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
Throughout my time in the upper school, I have been involved in a variety of activities. I served in the student government as class chaplain both freshman and sophomore years and this year I am honored to be the spiritual life prefect. Since my sophomore year, I have been a student ambassador for the school’s admissions department and have led underclassmen as a CELL group/Enform leader. Athletically, I have been a member of the JV basketball team, the varsity swim team, the varsity track team, and the JV and varsity soccer teams, where I have served as captain for the varsity soccer team the past two years. On the musical side, I play piano for the Honors Jazz Band, the school praise band, and other school events. This past February, I fulfilled a commitment to myself and performed in the school musical, in which I had a supporting role. On the academic side, I was a writer for the school newspaper, have been a member of the Academic WorldQuest Team, and am also a member of the Book Club, the Digital Music Club, and the French Club. Outside of school, I continue to play the piano once a month at a senior living center in my community and have a part-time I job at a local ice cream shop. Lastly, I was extremely blessed to participate on a mission trip to Kenya for my senior year J-Term where I was able to serve the local community of Namanga, Kenya and form lasting friendships with the people I met.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
I am a member of the National Honor Society, the National French Honor Society, and the Tri-M Honor Society, of which I am honored to serve as president. Academically, I have been on Summa Cum Laude throughout my four years of upper school and I am also an AP Scholar with Honor. My freshman year I received the Timothy Award, and my sophomore year I was fortunate to be awarded the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award, in which I attended the HOBY leadership seminar at Wake Forest University over the summer. During my junior year, I received the highest grade in AP Environmental Science and Christian Theology/World Religions, in addition to receiving a Wofford Scholars award. I also received an Honorable Mention for The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards with my short story and was the recipient of the J. Kenneth Cook Award. In addition, I was nominated to attend the Elevate Leadership Lab at Gordon College, which I thoroughly enjoyed. That same year for varsity soccer, I received the team Defensive MVP Award in addition to being selected first team all-conference, as well as receiving the Diligence Award for the varsity swim team. This senior year, I have completed the requirements for the Academic Conservatory Distinction in both Social Studies and Bible, Philosophy, and Religion.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have applied to five schools: Duke University, The Honors Program at Liberty University, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia and Wake Forest University. As of right now, I have heard back from the Honors Program at Liberty University and the University of Virginia, both of which I have been accepted to.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I am not entirely sure what major I would like to pursue in college, though I am interested in history, global studies, and possibly public policy while pursuing the pre-med track. Although the Lord may direct me on a different path, at this time in my life I have an interest in serving with medical missions throughout the world.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I was a nominee for the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, and I have applied for the Robertson Scholarship at Duke University. With acceptance into the Honors Program at Liberty University, I have qualified for the Honors Program Scholarship as well as the Liberty Academic Scholarship.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been history, French, and Bible. AP United States History and AP European History have been my favorite history classes as they have challenged me and met my thirst for knowledge with the amount of information they provide. These classes, in addition to French, have continued to deepen my interest in global studies and desire to learn more about the world. The Bible class I enjoyed most was Christian Theology/World Religions. This class not only provided me with a firm foundation of Christianity, but also educated me about the different religions of the world.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
I truly mean it when I say that I love all of my teachers at Charlotte Christian, but if I had to pick my favorites, I would choose Dr. Headley, Mrs. Nielsen, Madame Young, Mrs. Szymborski, and Mr. Mina. Both Dr. Headley and Mrs. Nielsen (US History) share my love of history and I have formed amazing friendships with them where we discuss anything from wacky history facts to life plans. I’ve been fortunate to have Madame Young (US French) all four years of high school. She always incorporates cultural experiences into her curriculum which I enjoy as it broadens my appreciation for other cultures, teaching me what it means to be a global citizen. Mrs. Szymborski (US English) has stretched me as a learner in many ways, through my participation in Academic WorldQuest to her AP Language class. I appreciate her high expectations as it encouraged me to rise in my ability. Lastly, I have enjoyed getting to know Mr. Mina (US Physics) this year and appreciate the advice he has shared about college and beyond. Although I do not like physics that much (don’t worry he knows this), I really value him as a teacher and friend.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
I am grateful for the many ways Charlotte Christian has impacted me, whether that be in the classroom, on the field, or in my spiritual walk. The combination of strong academic and athletic programs is amazing, but it really was the spiritual aspect of Charlotte Christian that impacted me the most. Through my years at Charlotte Christian, I have not only learned that Christianity is true, but I have learned the important skill of defending my faith, all while strengthening my foundation of how to live out God’s word with a servant’s heart. This is something I know I will take with me to college and beyond.

Kayla Knight

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
When we moved to Charlotte, my parents enrolled me for a semester at another school in the area. At the time of re-enrollment, there was not space for my older sister, Brenna, and since my parents preferred for us to go to the same school and wanted us to have a Christian education, they enrolled us at Charlotte Christian. It was the true embodiment of “when one door closes, God opens another one.”

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I am a four-year member of the varsity dance team and served as a captain this season. I was also on the varsity cheerleading team my junior and senior years. I played in the orchestra from fourth grade until my junior year, and I have been in honors choir since ninth grade. I am a three-year member of the school’s broadcasting team, Knights Knews. I have been in four musicals over the course of my 13 years at CCS, with the most recent being High School Musical. In my junior year, I had the privilege to travel to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip with the school and to Boston to participate in Harvard Model Congress. Outside of school, I participated in competitive dance for four years, as well as trained in ballet. I interned with Ariel Perry Photography, and have volunteered at Nana’s Place daycare center.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
I am the Cultural Prefect in the upper school this year. I have been an admissions ambassador since my sophomore year. I was named an all-conference dancer for the varsity dance team, and also received the dedication award. I received an honorable mention in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition for a short story I wrote.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have applied to Belmont University, Chapman University, Elon University, Howard University, King’s College, Loyola Marymount University, New York University, Spelman College, and University of Southern California. So far, I have received acceptances at Belmont University, Howard University, and King’s College.

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 film and television production in college, although I am not quite sure what I want to do career wise.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I received the 1920 HU Grant Opportunity Grant from Howard University.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
MMy favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been AP Government with Mr. Hoff and English 10 with Mr. Ector. In AP Government I learned things I know will be applicable to me as an adult, and the class also helped me develop my own political beliefs. In English 10, Mr. Ector was a fantastic teacher and he really increased my desire to read more.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite teacher and coach is Mrs. Emery. I have had the pleasure of having her as a coach for the last four years on the dance team and as a math teacher my freshman and junior years. She is a person I can always look to for guidance, and someone I can talk to when I struggle, whether it is in school or life in general.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
I am fortunate to have called Charlotte Christian my home for 13 years. Having Christian values instilled in me, on an everyday basis, has made my faith stronger, and I hope to carry those values into the next chapter of my life.

Christina Boelkins

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My family was moving back to Charlotte from overseas, and my parents knew other families that had children at Charlotte Christian and spoke highly of the school. My mom and dad believed Charlotte Christian would challenge me academically and allow me to grow in my walk with Christ.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
During my time in the upper school at Charlotte Christian, I have been involved with the JV and varsity volleyball teams, varsity swim team, and JV and varsity soccer teams. I am the vice president of the upper school book club and was a member of the 2018-19 Academic WorldQuest team. My senior year I decided to try something new, so I recently participated as an ensemble member in the Charlotte Christian production of High School Musical. Outside of school, I am involved with Girl Scouts, and am currently working on my Gold Award. I lifeguard in the summer, babysit periodically, and am a TCBY crew member. At my church (SouthPark Church), I am on the team that sets up and tears down service equipment, since we are currently meeting in a movie theater, as well as an active youth group member. I have participated in mission trips every year of high school with my church through an organization called REACH, which specializes in home construction repair. I have been to Gettysburg, Pa., Crossville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., with projects ranging from building a handicap-accessible deck and ramp, to re-shingling a roof. Through Charlotte Christian, I have participated in two J-Term mission trips, one to the Dominican Republic my junior year, and one to Haiti my senior year.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
I have been on the Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude honor roll all four years of upper school and have been named an AP Scholar with Honors. I received the highest-grade award for AP United States History, and the Gordon College Faithful Leadership book award my junior year. My freshman year I earned a leadership award for JV soccer, and another leadership award for swim team my junior year. I have been involved in the school orchestra and choir throughout upper school as well. I am a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and the National Honor Society, of which I am the president. I attended Harvard Model Congress in Boston with Charlotte Christian my junior year. The summers before my junior and senior years, I attended the Broyhill Leadership Conference at Wingate University. This workshop included seminars that discussed leadership style and potential in today’s society, as well as how to be a successful individual in the workforce.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to Calvin College, Clemson University, Emory University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, Samford University, University of South Carolina and Wake Forest University. I know, that’s a lot of schools! As of right now, I have been accepted at Calvin, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington and Samford.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
As of right now, I plan on following a pre-med track while continuing my Spanish studies. Long term, I would like to either go to PA or medical school. This is all in hopes of me serving on medical mission teams, where I hope to make a difference in the world.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I received a Trustee Scholarship from Calvin College. I have applied for a Presidential Scholarship at Samford University, and so far, I have received an academic and leadership scholarship from Samford.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian are United States History and European History, Spanish, as well as Apologetics and World Religions. I love history because it allows me to view the past through an objective lens, seeing how civilizations rise and fall due to choices made. Spanish class has given me a skill I can take beyond the classroom. I think it is crucial in today’s day and age to speak a second language, especially in Charlotte, whose Spanish-speaking community continues to grow! Lastly, Apologetics and World Religions allowed me to understand why Christianity is a credible religion, rather than following it blindly.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
I would say Dr. Headley and Mr. Hoff (US History), Señora Nieto (US Spanish), as well as Mrs. Dean (US English) are some of my favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian. Both Dr. Headley and Mr. Hoff exemplify Godly character in all they say and do. They are extremely passionate about the subjects they teach, which is evident in their desire to see students succeed. Señora Nieto has a passion for international missions, which is inspiring to me. Mrs. Dean helped me become a more confident writer by encouraging me to learn from my mistakes and pushing me to seek improvement.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
In a way, Charlotte Christian has been my life considering I have attended since kindergarten. This school has helped mold me into the person I am today. Charlotte Christian has given me incredible friendships and grounded my faith in Christ. Although I do not know what the future holds, I will always be firm in what I believe, thanks to Charlotte Christian.

Shane Russell

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My family chose Charlotte Christian because it provided me with an environment where I had opportunities to excel in academics and compete at a high level in athletics. In addition, Charlotte Christian was a place I could continue to grow in my faith, which made it unique from other schools.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
In my upper school years at Charlotte Christian, I have been a member of multiple athletic teams. I am a three-year varsity letter winner on both the football and baseball teams winning two football state championships and competing in two baseball championships. I was a captain on both the JV football and baseball teams my sophomore year. This year, along with my fellow seniors, I am a captain on the varsity baseball team. I had the privilege of attending the Dominican Republic week-long mission trip for J-Term in both my sophomore and junior years. I have served as a camp counselor for the Charlotte Christian summer football camps. I have played many years of organized recreation basketball with my friends.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
I have been on the Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude honor rolls throughout upper school. My freshman year I received a silver medal and my sophomore year I received an honorable mention on the National Spanish Exam. During my junior year I was inducted into the National Honor Society and also received the Wofford Scholars award. I am an AP Scholar and received the leadership award for this year’s varsity football team. Athletically, I was honored as the MVP of the annual Pompano Beach Hall of Fame Classic my junior year and made the all-tournament team at the WWBA baseball tournament in both my sophomore and junior years.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I will be attending Cornell University where I have committed to play baseball.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I will be a student in the College of Arts and Science at Cornell and plan to major in economics. In the future I hope to work in the field of finance.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
Some of my favorite classes at Charlotte Christian have been my junior and senior year Bible classes. Both Mr. Hardy and Mr. Henson challenged me to think about real-life issues involving my faith, in addition to answering many of my questions, both of which makes my faith stronger. I also liked AP Government with Mr. Hoff because I enjoyed learning more about politics, and this class helped me better understand and interpret current events. Lastly, this year, AP Statistics has been one of my favorites because it relates to my future career.

Who are some of your favorite teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite teacher at Charlotte Christian is Mrs. Susan Jones. She taught two of my math classes (Algebra 2 Honors and BC Calculus), and I also traveled with her on three J-Term trips (Dominican Republic twice and Disney), which brought us closer together. Another one of my favorite teachers is Mr. Rob Mina who I have for two classes this year - Physics Honors and AP Statistics - and have really enjoyed getting to know him. My favorite coach at Charlotte Christian is Coach Jason Estep who I worked with as a quarterback for the past four years. I am thankful for the ways all my teachers and coaches challenged me in good times and in hard times to be a better student, athlete and overall person.

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 provided me a place where I could grow in my academics, athletics, and in my faith. Academically the curriculum challenged me, and my teachers encouraged me to work hard, something I know I will utilize in college and beyond. Athletically I have been given opportunities to compete for championships year after year and make long-lasting friendships with teammates. This combination is one that no other school could have provided for me - because it was done so in a Christian environment. Most importantly, Charlotte Christian has provided me with relationships with many people that have impacted my life and helped me to grow. This school, the community, and all that it has provided me, has prepared me to be successful in whatever the future may hold, and I will be forever grateful.

Alexandra Tan

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose CCS because they wanted me to have a solid Christian education that would allow me to have a basic understanding of Christianity.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
I was a member of the varsity swim team in grades 9-11. I have participated in 11 productions in lower, middle and upper school as part of the Charlotte Christian’s theatre department. I sing and teach Sunday school at my church and lead a worship group within my youth group. I lifeguard at various pools around Charlotte over the summer.

HONORS AND AWARDS
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?
I have been on the academic honor roll throughout upper school, and I am a member of the National Honor Society. In ninth grade I won 2nd place in the Festival in the Park art show. In tenth grade I won a CITA duo theatre award (with Lauren Forget). My junior year I received the Wofford Scholars award, a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and I was selected to attend Elevate Leadership Lab at Gordon College in the summer.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
So far I have been admitted to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have applied to and am waiting to hear from Boston University, George Washington University, NC State University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 graphic design and marketing in college. I’m not sure about my career yet, but I’d love to be in an environment where I can be creative and active.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I have received an art and merit scholarship to School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an art scholarship to SCAD. .

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects and teachers at Charlotte Christian and why?
I have loved my art and history classes because of the teachers (especially Mr. Gillette, Mrs. Crawford, Dr. Headley and Mr. Hoff) who are so funny and passionate about what they teach. Along with the four I mentioned I have also enjoyed Mrs. Dean (US English), Mrs. Emery (US Math), and Ms. DeVore (US Math).

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 been my home for 13 years - more than half of the time I’ve been alive - so it has definitely impacted who I am. It has given me lifelong friendships and it has deepened my understanding of Christianity and the Bible. I think that more than anything, Charlotte Christian has taught me to not be ashamed or uncomfortable with having my own beliefs, even if they go against the majority.

Brian Segovia

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
With my mom being a Spanish teacher in the middle school, my parents knew that Charlotte Christian was the best place for me to gain a well-rounded, Christian education.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
At Charlotte Christian I started the “Knights in Flight” club that teaches middle school students how to build and fly drones. My brother and I won $3,000 to start this club through a “Knight Tank” proposal. I am also a member of Tri-M Music Honors society, Model UN club, Global Knights, Knights Knews Broadcasting team and the CCS Sports Broadcasting club. I have also worked at the Matthews branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library as a Satellite Studio intern helping people of all ages learn how to use digital media. When it comes to sports, I have played soccer throughout middle and upper school as well as track and field and tennis for two years.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I am proud to be a member of the orchestra at Charlotte Christian since the fourth grade playing the viola, which has led me to become a member of the Tri-M Music Honors society for all four years of upper school. I earned the most improved player award in varsity tennis freshman year and the coach’s award for courage in varsity soccer my senior year. This past summer I also attended a week-long summer workshop in Charlotte at the Carolina School of Broadcasting on a full-scholarship.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I have applied to and been accepted to the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Coastal Carolina University, Elon University, High Point University, and 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?
In college I want to major in communications particularly in broadcast journalism with a possible minor in either political science or sport management. I feel that by entering this field it will give me the best chances of achieving my goals of becoming a TV anchor or play-by-play analyst. I would love to be able to work for a major news or sports broadcasting network and with the solid preparation that Charlotte Christian has given me, I will be ready to tackle my dreams in this career path.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
So far, I have received the Coastal Scholar Award at Coastal Carolina University and I have received a Presidential Scholarship at High Point University. I am still waiting to hear from other colleges. .

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been history and Christian theology and apologetics. I have fallen in love with both the Bible and history departments, and I have gained a special connection with my teachers that I know has fostered many of the passions that I have today. I also have grown to love being in front of camera because of Knights Knews and broadcasting opportunities the school has given me.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
All of my CCS teachers and coaches have left a mark on me and it’s hard to pick a few. I want them all to know how important they have been to me even if I’m just naming a handful. Some teachers I have created a close bond and connection with at Charlotte Christian have been Dr. Headley, Mr. Hoff, Mr. Henson, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Fair and Mrs. Nieto. Dr. Headley and Mr. Hoff encouraged my passion to learn about history and politics and inspired me to go down the possible path of political science. With Mr. Henson and Mr. Cummings, I learned so much about Christian theology and the Bible that it has inspired me to be a Sunday school teacher at my church. Mr. Fair and I have created a very tight bond outside of class, and I hope to carry that into my future past high school. Mrs. Nieto has been such a blessing as my AP Spanish teacher this year, but I have also loved being able to talk about things from a global perspective with her.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Growing up in a family where my mom has been a teacher at Charlotte Christian since 2001, CCS has become in a lot of ways like a second family to me. It will be very difficult to leave such an amazing community of people, but I know that with the mindset I have developed and the goals I have set for myself, I feel confident in my future because of the influence that Charlotte Christian had on me.

Madison Mull

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents chose Charlotte Christian because they wanted me to have a strong Christian foundation. Now that I have that, I am so thankful.

What co-curricular or athletic events are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school?
My senior year, I am the Fine Arts Prefect, in the cast of High School Musical, in the honors choir and I also work as a nanny for two different families every week. I served as an intern at Freedom Christian School in the Dominican Republic for five weeks the summer before my senior year, and I was a CELL group leader my sophomore and junior year. I took piano and vocal lessons and performed at Elevation Church on the Worship Academy my freshman year, and I participated in the upper school musicals my sophomore and junior years.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.?
I earned the highest GPA award in English 10 my sophomore year, I earned Magna Cum Laude honors my junior year and Cum Laude honors my sophomore year. I earned the Timothy Award my junior year, and I am in the National Spanish Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honors Society.

COLLEGE AND BEYOND
What colleges have you applied to and which ones have you been accepted to thus far?
I applied to Anderson University, Belmont University, Liberty University, and Samford University and I have been accepted to all four.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I would love to study clinical psychology, missions, and Spanish. My long-term goal is to be a missionary and start a Christian school in another country. I would also love to be a Christian counselor later in life and write books about my experiences in the missions field.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I met the requirements academically for the Anderson Presidential scholarship, which includes full tuition plus room and board. I also applied for and received the Global Missions scholarship at Samford, which included a phone interview and essays. I also applied for the Presidential and Leadership scholarships at Samford, and the Legacy scholarship at Liberty. .

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects are English and Knights Knews. I love English because I have a huge passion for writing, and I love Knights Knews because Mr. Fair inspires me so much to create. He encouraged me to start my own YouTube channel, which I have really enjoyed.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
My favorite teachers are Mr. Ector, Mrs. Dean, and Mr. Fair. Mr. Ector instilled in me a love to read and write, and he pushed me to my full academic potential. Mrs. Dean talked to me a lot about self-confidence and trusting myself to succeed instead of assuming I’d fail. Mr. Fair stretched me to be creative and do what I love regardless of what others think.

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 not only shared the gospel with me and fueled me to share it with others, but it has also given me my best friends in the entire world. There is not a doubt in my mind I will stay close with the guys and girls I’ve spent the past 14 years with. Charlotte Christian showed me the joy that comes from living a life with Christ at the center. Thankful is the only word I can think of when I think of CCS and the impact it has had on my life.

Paul Hudson

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

Why did you or your parents choose Charlotte Christian?
My parents and I chose Charlotte Christian because we felt it was the best combination of quality academics, athletics 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 basketball team for four years, two at my previous school, South Mecklenburg High School, and two years at Charlotte Christian. I currently serve as a captain of the basketball team, and I also play AAU basketball outside of school.

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 Highest GPA award in Engineering 1 first semester. Also, I received first team all-conference honors my sophomore year for the basketball team. I have been an A/B Honor Roll student throughout high school.

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 Dartmouth College, and that is where I will be attending.

If you know, what would you like to study in college, and what might be your long-term career goals?
I am planning on majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Prosthetics. I am hoping to play professional basketball somewhere and afterwards help those with life changing injuries adjust to a new life.

Have you applied for/received any college scholarships?
I was one of the Charlotte Christian nominees for the Horizon Award Scholarship. I also received grants to play basketball at Dartmouth College.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE
What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
My favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian have been Engineering along with Christian Theology and World Religions and Apologetics (junior and senior Bible classes.) I have learned how to defend my faith and about many different worldviews. I feel prepared to head to college and protect my faith.

Who are some of your favorite Charlotte Christian teachers and why?
Some of my favorite teachers have been Mr. Henson (US Bible), Ms. Devore (US Math), and Mrs. Cassier (US Counselor). Mr. Henson has had a big impact on my interest as to why Christianity is the one and only way to eternal life. He’s given me a great foundation in my faith, and this will carry me for the rest of my life. Ms. Devore was teaching her first year at Charlotte Christian while I was transitioning into my first year, and she helped me to adjust (as she was doing herself) to a new environment. Mrs. Cassier has been there for me through the highs and lows of my junior and senior years. She’s helped with scholarship opportunities and the recruiting process and has always been someone I could talk to.

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 helped me become a better student, athlete and person. I have been plenty stressed over the last two years, adjusting to a new school environment with stronger academics and athletics. I feel prepared to attend a highly challenging school like Dartmouth. The most influential way that Charlotte Christian will impact my life is in the area of my faith. I know for certain there is no way I will ever fall from Christianity. I will be able to handle the tragedies of life knowing that God will be with me the whole way.

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