Chengwei Jia started at CFS as an 8th grader, a “five-year-fighter” as those that matriculated to CFS in middle school are known. Coming from China and speaking very little English, Chengwei suffered initially from worry and lack of confidence, being away from his parents for the first time in his life in an unfamiliar place. With the help of new friends and devoted faculty, Chengwei’s confidence grew. He notes Choir Director Mr. Gress, in particular, for being an effective, albeit tough, mentor. “He is strict, but because of this, I have had the chance to meet and learn from this almost perfect music teacher. He is the one who lit up my passion for music and guides me all the way through.” His own growth in the areas of leadership and responsibility make Chengwei most proud of what he has accomplished at Church Farm School. These skills will serve him well next year at Bucknell University.
“Chengwei is a young man that has grown and matured so much since arriving at CFS as an 8th grade student. He has turned into a dedicated student, a caring friend and someone that looks to make a connection with so many across our community. I have really enjoyed our long conversations, his quirky sense of humor and the care he has shown for the younger students in our advisee group. We wish him the best of luck as he sets out for Bucknell University in the fall!” says his advisor, Mr. Eric Fulmer.