St. Thomas Apostle Eighth Grader, Christopher, Talks Leadership

Christopher is a leader in his eighth grade class, models kindness to others and is a wonderful role model for fellow students. He’s an all-star football player and a stellar student, demonstrating a passion for learning (specifically in the field of engineering!) Beyond his eagerness to learn and seek academic challenges, his strong faith shines through in all aspects of his life.

Q. Can you tell us what it’s like to attend STA?
A. Attending St. Thomas the Apostle from kindergarten to eighth grade has been a fun experience. STA has a nice small community feel that most schools can’t offer. It’s also good for learning how to interact with people in a safe environment that is not overwhelming. I have made lots of friends at STA and it really feels a lot like an extended family. I am very happy with my experience at STA and while I look forward to high school, I will be sad to leave the place I’ve gone to for the past nine years.

Q. What makes a good leader?
A. Anyone can be a leader, and there are all kinds of different ones out there. To be a leader other people must be willing to follow you. This means that a true leader must lead by his or her example. You can be a loud leader, a quiet leader or both. What really matters is that you do what is right, and if you are always brave, humble, and kind people will want to follow you. There will be a time in all our lives when we are called to lead. However, that isn’t when you make the choice to lead. You make the choice to lead now, with every action you make. Being a leader isn’t easy, but it is well worth it in the end.

Q. Can you tell us about your education goals?
A. My education goals are simple really. I just want to become a better student than the day before and I will be satisfied. So far, I’ve gotten all A’s this year and I hope to have it continue until May. Other than that I just want to improve my study habits.

Q. What draws your interest to the field of engineering?
A. Engineering is fascinating because it’s such a broad field. Everyone can find something that they enjoy. With things like computer and mechanical engineering, or even chemical and architectural engineering, there are no limits. To tell the truth, I don’t know much in any of these fields today, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn about these subjects. As I get older, I know that this will become a focus of mine, and I can’t wait to learn more.

Q. Can you tell us about your football team?
A. My football team was a medium sized team; around thirteen people on the team. We weren’t the best team or the worst team. Our group wasn’t too serious about football (especially considering it was flag), but mostly everyone was there to have fun competing together. Other than that, I was voted MVP and our team quarterback. We didn’t win the tournament, but we had fun.

Christopher Horn is an eighth grader at St. Thomas the Apostle.

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