CCES Voices

Jake Mahon

CCES Student Spotlight: Jake Mahon

Senior Jake Mahon is the oldest of three siblings at CCES. Since the first grade, Jake has been surrounded by mentors he’s admired whom he credits with helping to shape the person he is today. 

Football provides opportunity for mentorship

“When I was younger, Coach Don Frost was a celebrity in my eyes,” Jake said. “I always looked forward to playing for him in Upper School. Also, I looked up the older players on the team.”

The 2019 football season was Jake’s last season wearing #68 for the Cavaliers. And while he enjoyed his time playing defense end and offensive guard for Coach Frost, the experience means much more to Jake than what he accomplished on the field.

“Playing football has been a great experience for me because it exposed me to such incredible role models,” Jake says. Jake found some of these role models in the older players.
Jake remembers going to football camps in the summers when he was in Lower and Middle School. These camps were led by varsity players, and the experience “gave me something to look forward to when I got to Upper School,” Jake said. 

“Before my junior year season, I had the chance to do the same by helping out in the weight room when the middle schoolers were working out.” As a leader and mentor, Jake showed the younger players how to do lifts and taught them how to do exercises that all football players did.

Challenging classes prepare students for life after high school

Jake has excelled in the classroom at CCES too. He takes several AP courses that are preparing him for the college courses he’ll take this fall, and Jake says these courses have taught him both how to use his time efficiently as well as the art of taking concise and meaningful notes. 

Jake feels confident that he’ll be ready when he goes to Clemson University or the University of Georgia (he hasn’t decided which he's going to yet). He says his teachers have prepared him well, and they’re “who make CCES great.”
“The teachers make this school great because they are incredibly invested in their students,” Jake said. “They put so much time and effort into teaching, and it is evident in the classroom because they are enthusiastic and passionate about educating.”
Jake’s favorite class at CCES has been World Spirituality and Ethics, a class he took during the first semester of his junior year.
“Father Wallace taught the class,” Jake said. “It was his first year at Christ Church, and it gave us a chance to make a connection because most of the class was discussing difficult topics.”
Jake will graduate soon and is looking forward to college. He says he’s narrowed his choices down to Clemson and Georgia because both schools value academics but also have fun atmospheres. 
He plans to double major in international business and Spanish, whether he becomes a Tiger or a Bulldog.
“I really enjoy studying the Spanish language,” Jake says, “and international business would be the perfect line of work to use it.”
Because of his time as a Cavalier, he’ll be ready.

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