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In the face of adversity, this Trussville native has continued to maintain a 4.0 GPA, run track, and also a recipient of the "School Award" for his work ethic shown in the American Legion's Boys State program.
17, Senior at Hueytown High School, Trussville, Alabama
Maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school
Has run track since 4th grade
The American Legion’s Boys State program
Purple and Gold Club
“Just because I laugh a lot, doesn’t mean my life is easy. Just because I have a smile on my face every day, doesn’t mean that something is not bothering me. I just choose to move on, and not dwell on all the negatives. Every new moment gives me the chance to renew.”
How It Began
In March 2013, Christopher McRae’s mother lost her battle with stage-four stomach cancer. Since then, his grandparents have stepped in to raise Christopher like their own. “This event was by far the most difficult and tragic thing I’ve ever gone through,” said Christopher. However, in the face of adversity, Christopher made a decision to persevere and pursue happiness.
Christopher takes initiative to seek the best that life has to offer. He has a part-time job but still manages to excel in academics. Christopher’s GPA is a 4.0. At Hueytown High he has perfect attendance. Outside the classroom, Christopher’s work ethic perseveres. He was selected to participate in the American Legion’s Boys State program, which is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. There he was elected Superintendent of the Board of Education and received the “School Award.” Christopher also runs track and has done so since the 4th grade.
He has always had a fascination with learning and hopes to one day become a U.S. history teacher.
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Christopher especially admires his granddad. “Ever since I was little, I’ve always looked up to him. To me, he is the definition of an honorable man, and I hope to be very similar to him when I’m older myself.”
Christopher’s grandparents Elzme and Nazouma Stout say Christopher has “a gentle loving spirit. He has no fear of failure. He sets the highest possible standards for himself and sticks to them.”
They believe the facts that “He never goes back on his word” and has an incredible work ethic have contributed to his success as a scholarship student.
Elzme and Nazouma were taught the importance of treating other people like you want to be treated. “I believe all children need love, attention and basic care to achieve their highest possible chance of success,” said Nazouma.
They believe it’s important to encourage, love and guide children. “I give him the opportunity to express his feelings and emotions in a loving environment. I encourage Christopher to try new activities, and I encourage new challenges.”