Christ Church Episcopal School experiences have prepared graduating seniors for whatever comes next and to make a positive difference in the world. Each week, we will put the spotlight on a graduating senior from the Class of 2020. We hope you enjoy getting to know these amazing CCES students!
Max Feild will be continuing his cross-country career in college. This is significant because in the beginning, he never gave any serious thought to competing in this sport!
Max joined the cross-country team his freshman year on a $5 bet (one that he notes he has yet to be paid for). He ended up excelling and making the varsity team. One of his favorite memories was the state meet that year where he realized what a top 5 team finish would do for their overall score. Many of the older athletes that mentored him were on that team, and Max noted, “They are people I still look up to today.” That first state meet left quite the impression on Max who recalls being “super excited about what I could do in the future on the team.” Fast forward four years and Max has served as captain for the cross-country team (as well as the track team), has received multiple awards, and has exceeded many of the goals he initially set for himself.
This drive to succeed is deeply ingrained in Max and it certainly carries over to the classroom as well. A teacher calls Max a “highly invested student who works hard to meet expectations.” His college counselor, Lindsey Waters, comments, “Max is goal-driven. If he decides he wants something to happen, he will make it happen. I know Max’s grit and determination will serve him well in college.” Max says of himself, “I am very driven and committed to doing my best work always. I give it my all in whatever I am doing.”
Max will graduate as a 13-year vet, a student who has been at CCES since he was a Primer. He describes his experience at CCES as “long, and one I wouldn’t trade for anything.” During his four years at the Upper School, Max has been involved in a large variety of activities. He was briefly involved in JV lacrosse and soccer in Middle School before transitioning to varsity cross-country and track for all four years of high school, serving as captain for both teams. He was a part of the leadership committee for the Students in Action club and a member of the Honor Council. He has made either Honor or High Honor roll all four years of high school. He was inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society and he received the Connor McManus Award in 2017. He received the Most Improved Cross-Country Runner in 2018 and the Excelsior Cross-Country Award in 2019.
While Max’s surroundings will soon change, his work ethic and his quest for excellence certainly will not. Max will continue on to Sewanee in the fall, a school he chose “simply because it felt right.” Max applied to two other schools: Furman and Clemson. He was leaning strongly towards Clemson until he had an overnight visit at Sewanee, and at that point he says, “I just knew that Sewanee was where I belonged.” Max plans to pursue a degree in Economics, with a minor in business, and he will be a member of the cross-country team. He has found his home for the next four years and with his ambition, the sky truly is the limit for Max Feild.
JUST FOR FUN!
If you could relive any CCES experience, what would it be? If I could relive any CCES experience, it would be another advisee lunch with Mr. Halvorson and company. Tropical Grille is always great, but there’s something extra special about eating lunch with a group of people that get along, but would otherwise never really hang out together, especially after having done it together for four years now.
What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself? Three adjectives I would use to describe myself are: adventurous, driven, and outgoing.
What are you currently reading? I am reading The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy.
If you could create one mandatory course for seniors, what would it be? If I could create one mandatory course for seniors, it would be “The art of time management.”
If you could be talented in an event that you don’t currently do, which would it be and why? If I could be talented in anything I don’t currently do, I think I would want to be able to play a musical instrument, maybe the guitar. I’ve never been musically gifted, but I envy those that are. There’s nothing cooler than being able to play a guitar around a campfire.