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Class of 2020: Grayson Barnes

By: Mr. Jonathan Torch, Upper School Mathematics/Engineering
Grayson Barnes, class of 2020 CHC graduate, will be attending JMU this fall. Grayson was also accepted to The George Washington University, Fordham University, and The University of Miami. However, given our current pandemic situation and also being undecided on a specific university, Grayson has decided to attend college one year in-state at JMU and afterwards to reconsider his college choice. Grayson is looking forward to assuming the responsibilities that come with being a university student. He is excited to take on new challenges, while balancing his personal interest in classical piano. As an educator, it amazes me to see such mature decisions and great role models coming from our youth.

At CHC, Grayson has learned a great deal in Mr. Rodger’s physics classes. He has learned to think deeply about complex problems and to make connections where necessary to find solutions. Mr. McGraw’s AP Comparative Government class has also made a strong impact on Grayson. He made known that understanding other governments and their history helps us appreciate what we have and to prevent future tyrannical governments from forming.

At CHC, Grayson was not only a true academic, he was also involved in varsity tennis, operation smile, and JV Soccer. CHC’s faculty has always been impressed with Grayson’s character and deep level of thought! Grayson’s advice for rising CHC students is, “to always be precise in your speech, tell the truth or at least, don’t lie, and compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

These past five years, Grayson has made CHC a better place. He is a student that is always challenging new information with critical thinking and deep questioning. This is a gift that will not only serve Grayson in his future pursuits, but will make people surrounding him thrive as well!
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