Christian Tessman has had a busy four years.
He played football, participated in student government at the Academy of Science, became an Eagle Scout and completed 405 hours of community service through Boy Scouts, tutoring, working as a camp counselor and coaching Special Olympics.
When asked if he ever felt overwhelmed by all he took on, Christian laughed.
“Yes, at first,” he said. “From there, I mean, trial by fire. And it got easier as time went on.”
It’s no surprise that Christian is looking forward to the break graduation from Potomac Falls High School offers.
“I’m looking forward to sleeping in,” he said. “Where I can stay up late, wake up late and think ‘wow I don’t have to worry about getting these projects done, or getting these assignments done.’”
While Christian said he liked the academic pressure that went along with attending AOS half of the week, playing on the football team was one of the most rewarding parts of his high school experience. The best part, he said, was watching the team’s record improve with each season.
“We went 10 and 3 this past year. We tied the record for wins in a season, we got to the regional semis [finals]—which we had never done before at Potomac Falls,” he said. “So seeing all that work that I put in, getting progressively better. It was a very tangible reward for how much effort I was putting in.”
Christian will be attending Johns Hopkins University this fall. He said he is interested in studying either material science or chemical engineering.
— Caroline Boras