Teen Spotlights

Teen Spotlight: Chad Conoly

stats: 17, Senior at Eastwood Christian School

notable: Senior Class SGA President, Basketball Team Captain, Freshman Year Jimmy Hitchcock Award Recipient

quotable: “Nothing worth having comes without hard work. In sports and academics, hard work produces fruit. If you want it bad enough, you’ll work for it.”

his story: Chad is involved in a little bit of everything at Eastwood Christian School. He is a member of the soccer and baseball teams and serves as Team Captain for the basketball team. He’s also a part of Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta and leads the Senior Class as SGA Class President. Outside of school, he helps out with the Hope Heals and Rooftop Friends Summer Camps for individuals and families affected by disabilities. He shared, “My favorite part of volunteering at Hope Heals Camp was seeing kids get the ability to do something they had never been able before and seeing the pure joy and happiness on their faces after they finished something as awesome as ziplining or tubing.” Overall, Chad wants to be remembered as “a Christian man who encourages people, and who is there for my friends and family when they need me.”

what’s next: When asked what he wants to do in the future, Chad responded, “Something in business— maybe global business. A living that allows me to interact with a lot of different people and build relationships.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: When asked who inspires him the most, Chad answered, “My Father. He shows me what a true, godly man is through his character and his love for our family.” He added, “Our family motto is: Love one another no matter what. We do this, and that makes me proud.”

parents’ perspective: Gabrielle and David admire Chad’s ability to connect with people. Gabrielle explained, “He’s not shy, and he is easy to talk to.”

parent-to-parent: “Don’t freak out. It can be easy to do with teens but resist the urge. Love them and forgive them no matter what.”

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