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Christian – Class of 2016

I should probably just tell you all now that I’m going to be doing a LOT of bragging on our 2016 Seniors on the blog. And it’s all completely justified.  I promise.

Meet Christian. Don’t let the pretty face, unreal blue eyes and gorgeous curls fool you. This kid means business.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever met another teenager with as much drive, determination and certainty about where he’s headed. Christian is the 2015 800m State Champion–hence the crazy huge ring on his right hand. I’m not going to even try to list out all of his achievements here.

Just know that this kid, this beautiful young man, will be running that 800m race in the Olympics, probably in 2020 or thereabouts. He still has the 2016 track season ahead of him this Spring, and not long after that, he’ll be packing his bags and heading to New York to West Point.  There he’ll go to school and train and race (and train some more) until he’s ready for his Olympic trials.

I’ve seen all kinds of teenagers with Olympic hopes, but I’ve never met a kid like Christian. He not only has the dreams; he has a plan to make them his reality. He knows the path won’t be easy, but he’s not the least bit intimidated by the work that’s coming his way.

All of this, and yet, to chat with him, he’s genuinely humble and grounded. He’s kind and funny and he listens to his momma.  He’s even ridiculously sweet with his younger brothers. (You should see the videos of him with his littlest brother as they do pushups together–I mean, seriously folks, it’s about as adorable as it gets.)

I wish I could say I’m gushing here, but really, I’m not doing Christian justice with my ramblings.  He’s just an all-around great guy.

And he’s going to kick butt in 2020…and along the way, too.

In honor of Christian’s Senior Session, we have donated $50 to Feeding America.  That donation will provide 350 meals to a family in need.  To learn more about Feeding America, please visit them at

December 14, 2015 - 8:33 pm

laura - THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL -of course everything right now makes me cry but that was a tear jerker!

December 14, 2015 - 10:00 pm

marnie321 - It’s all the truth–he’s a wonderful kid and you’ve done an amazing job raising him! Love you all!!!

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