Stats: 17, Senior at Westlake High School
- AP Scholar with honors
- Owner of Sublime Tutoring
- Track and Field
- Track & Letterman Award
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Eco-Schools club
- High School Ministry Group
- Certificate of Character Recognition
- Seven Islands Club
Just keep trying.
How it began:
Tyler Gross is known to march to the beat of his own motto. During his freshmen year, he wanted to try out for Football having not played the game a day in his life. Although he made the team, he didn’t do well at first, but worked hard, learned the game, and eventually was named “Most Improved Player” that year. Pursuing football is not the only time Tyler was committed to achieving his goal. When he wanted a car, he got a job and saved his money so he could do so. He also started his own tutoring business called Sublime Tutoring to earn money on the side and took it upon himself to create business cards, a website, and marketed his company within his school and community. Tyler’s mom went on to say, “As a result of his commitment to be self-sufficient, Tyler has always been able to pay for his own gas and car insurance.”
At Westlake High School, Tyler is a sprinter on the Track and Field team and has participated in several clubs including the Eco-Schools club, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Seven Islands Club. Tyler has also spent several hours volunteering. He’s helped out at Westlake Hills Elementary, the Sandy Hook Relief Effort, and Channel Islands Restoration to name a few.
Tyler’s parents both own their own business and he hopes to follow after their footsteps by becoming an entrepreneur. “My dream is to do something that I am passionate about, while making a difference in the world at the same time,” says Tyler.
Like with most children, when Tyler was little he was taught that he was capable of doing whatever he set his mind to in life. “They have challenged me to go follow my dreams, while encouraging me along the way. I don’t know where I would be without them,” says Tyler.
CJ and Michelle Gross mostly admire their son Tyler’s perseverance. “Tyler is not afraid of failing at anything,” says Michelle. “Tyler never questions if he will succeed. He just goes for it!”
In addition to being encouraging, CJ and Michelle taught Tyler to be responsible early on. “Both my husband and I also had Tyler engage in having responsibilities at home from a young age: helping with dishes, feeding the dog, and in jr. high, washing his own clothes. We wanted him to learn how to manage his time, contribute as a family member and feel that he is capable and responsible,” says Michelle.
Parent to Parent:
Growing up, Michelle was motivated by her mom to pursue her dreams. “I recall my mother always telling me ‘everything you touch turns to gold’,” a phrase that later became her motivation in pursuing her dreams.
CJ always says, “make your vocation your vacation,” a saying that helps draw a focus to one’s own idea of a perfect vacation.
Here’s CJ and Michelle’s message to other parents: “Encourage your child to have their own likes and dislikes even if those differ from one’s own interests. Similarly, help your child to recognize their strengths and pursue goals in these areas. Help them learn from their mistakes vs. condemn them for these opportunities for growth. If parents view pit falls in a negative way, so will one’s child.”