Scholar of the Week:
Christopher Staten of Richmond Community High School
By Janeal Downs
Every Sunday in football season, Christopher Staten cheers for his favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, as an avid football fan. He has been into football for about four years. “My grandfather, he was a Redskins fan and I really got into it after he passed away,” Christopher said about the sport. “I just really enjoy it.” Knowledgeable of every rule of the sport, Christopher knows what is supposed to be going on at all times in a game even if a referee messes up a call. His favorite player on the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, is a role model for Christopher because of all his work in the community by donating to local schools and charities. As an achieving high school senior at Richmond Community High School, with a 4.03 GPA, Christopher hopes to be able to give back to his community in the future as well.
Christopher said he tries his hardest at everything he does and always puts forth a great effort. His family has been very supportive of him, and he said his mother especially is one person who is the most influential in his life. “I really want to come back and make a difference in my community,” Christopher said. “I really haven’t had anybody besides my family to help me in my community so I just really want to come back and give to them.”
Other than an interest in football, as a drummer, Christopher has an interest in music and also a great appreciation for technology. One of his favorite activities is spending time with his friends playing video games. “Ever since I was four years old, I have been playing video games, which is what has got me into the growth of other technologies as well,” he said. To see the advancement of technology is one thing that attracts him to the area. In order to further his education, he plans to attend college to pursue a degree in computer science. His number one choice is University of Richmond. When he participated in University of Richmond’s Math Science Investigators program, he was able to see the campus, which was very appealing to him. Randolph Macon in Ashland, Virginia is his second choice. “My chemistry teacher went there and she said that it was a really good school and my principal recommended it to me too,” he said about Randolph Macon.
With plans to further his education and make a difference in his community, Christopher already participates in community outside of school. Besides assisting with the service at Newbridge Baptist Church, he has also participated in events with the Children’s Miracle Network. With the Children’s Miracle Network, Christopher assisted and participated with cookouts that were used to raise money for children with cancer. “I’ve always liked to help out with events,” Christopher said. “If I can help with the betterment of something else, I always want to do that.”