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Spotlight On: Radford Swent, CCES Class of 2017

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Marketing and PR
Radford Swent has always strived for pure excellence in everything he does.  In considering life after high school, he always felt that the challenges of a military school most suited his strengths.  A first-rate education coupled with his love of a challenge and a fierce desire to serve his country led him to the US Military Academy at West Point in New York.

Dubbed a thirteen year veteran (a student who has attended CCES since their Primer year), his teachers throughout the years remember him as a disciplined student who was conscious and committed to his work.  His college counselor, Linda Schulz echoes these sentiments citing Radford as having “laser focus” as well as being a person of honor and strong character.  “He is one of my most diligent counselees, always on task and ahead of deadlines,” Mrs. Schulz stated.  “He cherishes his family, his friends and his faith.  He is one of the most respectful members of our Class of 2017, as well as one of our most devoted scholars.”  Radford also applied to The United States Naval Academy, Ohio State Honors College, University of Michigan, LSU Honors College, and South Carolina and was accepted into all of them with a 4-year ROTC scholarship to boot.  He plans to acquire a BS in Economics and, keenly aware of West Point’s reputation for producing famous Generals, intends to make a career in the Army.  He attended summer leadership programs at the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy, both of which he says surpassed his expectations.  A sense of duty, integrity, and love of country are the pillars for which this young man stands.  Radford stated, “Whenever I see that green and beige digital camouflage of an American soldier, I catch myself staring, admiring the ideals that he or she stands for, hoping that one day I too will serve in the United States Armed Forces.”

Throughout his CCES career, Radford has pursued a diverse array of interests with sincerity of purpose, unlike many students who are simply trying to build a resume.  He has played football and soccer since the 9th grade and has served as a captain of both teams.  Some of his fondest memories are of playing games at Carson Stadium.  He is President of the Stock Market Club, a group he rejuvenated and has elevated to one of the most serious clubs at CCES, is Chair of the Student Ambassadors, was named an AP Scholar with Distinction this year, was selected to represent CCES at Palmetto Boys State, has consistently achieved either Honor or High Honor Roll, and serves on the Youth Leadership Board for charity food bank Harvest Hope— all while working a part-time job at Jimmy Johns and holding an internship analyzing stocks for the local firm, V. M. Manning and Company.  Using the skills he’s learned though his internship Radford has invested over $1400 of his Jimmy Johns money and is currently beating the return of the S&P.

Radford says that one of the things he loves about CCES is “how it gives you so many opportunities to get involved in so many areas.”  While this is true, I would say that Radford has gone beyond the ‘call of duty’— welcoming and taking full advantage of every challenge and opportunity that has come his way, and using those to position himself as a leader and a 21st century learner.  He is behooving of the many characteristics that set great leaders apart, and we are certain his path will be a successful and rewarding one.

JUST FOR FUN!

Favorite Class at CCES?  IB Economics. The topic is more applicable to the real world than most and Mrs. Carmichael is the absolute best. Great teacher and an even better person.
Favorite philanthropic cause?  PTSD relief.
If you had $100,000 how would you invest it?  Whatever stocks are signaling a buy on the stock charts.
What is one tip you would give to your younger siblings to help them succeed?  Work hard.
Who is your sports idol?  Harry Kane, a soccer player (striker) for Tottenham in London.  He’s a humble leader who always gives the glory to the team despite personal success.
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    • Radford and his dad and brother at a Tottenham game in London.

    • Radford pictured with Roscoe (#21) and Hollis (#22) Cox, who he says are essentially brothers to him, after a football game.

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