STILLWATER, Minn -- The all male choir quietly took their spots at the base of a staircase in the busiest hallway of one of the largest high school in the state. If these young men had any reservations about singing out loud in front of their peers they never showed it.
A big reason for that could have been the young man in the center, Stillwater Area High School Senior Chris Schulenburg. Chris is the school's choir president, managing a board of 14, while organizing choir events.
"To me", says Chris. "Choir is one of the best ways I can connect with my fellow peers and with my teachers, my director, because we all have one common focus and not matter how different we are as people we can all unite around that goal."
A 3-sport athlete, Chris has earned earning varsity letters in cross country skiing, track and cross country, being a team member of state champions in the latter two sports. Despite his extra-curricular participation, Chris has maintained an un-weighted 3.8 GPA, and he says his competitive nature pays off in the classroom.
Says Chris, "No matter what the class is I'm trying to do whatever I can to keep my grades at the highest level. I'm fighting for those scholarships, fighting to maintain my grades and learn not just for now, but to keep those things I learned and apply them later in life.
But, Chris also answers to a higher calling, one that has led him on mission trips from Chicago and Wisconsin, all the way to Guatemala and Israel. Trips Chris says, give him an opportunity to make a difference.
"I grow closer to these different cultures and I gain insight I never would have had otherwise, and I develop friendships, lifelong friendships with these people that will bless me in who knows what ways", says Chris. "So, a big reason why I do it is just to make a difference in the lives of others and in my own life."
Chris is still waiting on some scholarship offers to decide where he'll go to college in the fall but, he has a favorite, and he has the faith that everything will work out just the way it is intended.
"My faith is really important to me", says Chris. "It really defines who I am. I want to make a difference, wherever that might be, whatever field I'm in, I just want to make a difference in the lives of others and really be a contributor in the world around me."
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