Last year I was in awe of the grace and strength shown by so many of you as struggled to come to grips with the loss of classmate. And while that was such a difficult time, so much good – 4 houses built for people in need- has sprung from “one more”. You rallied around a phrase that Christian lived by but really you rallied around each other. The most powerful thing is that it was not just words taped above his weight machine, it was the way he lived his life. To hear his teammates and coaches describe how he played football or ran track, was exactly how I would describe him as a chemistry student in my class. He strived to be the best version of himself no matter what he was doing, and it brought out the best in those around him, including me as his teacher.

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