Going to a tough inner city high school, Chris was a positive force and role model for peers. He was involved in cross-country, the Academic Decathlon, J.R.O.T.C., soccer, the Health Justice Club and as a college ambassador.  Under his leadership, as team captain, the cross-country team became Cross Country City Champions, a huge accomplishment for a high school long known for negative press, rather than championship teams.  Having a Decathlon Team represented in competition was a first for this high school, yet Chris took part, studying long hours in preparation for competition.  The experience taught Chris “… it is not about who is the smartest or who can memorize stuff but about those who are willing to put the hours to study and ignore anything that is not a priority…”

Attending college has always been a priority in Chris’s life and that of his family.  He knows the role model he is for his younger brother is real, for now his brother knows college is possible if you work hard and never give up your dreams.  Although, before he was accepted to U.C.L.A. and the other colleges vying for his acceptance, the reality of his going to college was as he describes “… meeting aliens and planning to dorm was going to a new planet…” there was not a doubt of its reality.  Chris also understands the importance of mentorship in making the transition to this unbelievable reality a success. He has been fortunate to have strong mentors in his life throughout high school.

Chris welcomes the L.I.F.T. Scholarship mentorship believing “… working with a mentor is crucial towards achieving anything great…” Chris is on his personal journey to greatness.