Elias Rivera came to the school as a 9th grader from the Bronx, NY. While he has not yet decided where he will go next year, his options are vast – he has consistently received academic honors during his time at CFS, but more importantly, his teachers remark what a strong, but quiet, leader he has continued to be, whether in the classroom, the cottage or at the bowling alley. “During my time here at CFS, I don't think that I could truly explain in words how much I have grown mentally. Coming in as a freshman, attributes like confidence, maturity and independence were not quite there yet. This school has radically changed my level of independence, and has enabled my confidence to grow tremendously. Never before had I believed that I could achieve at such an academic level, and CFS gave me the tools to do so. CFS has forced me to challenge myself in every way,” says Elias.
“After high school, I'm excited to utilize the skills that CFS has helped me to develop both in the classroom and out. I’m hoping to bring some of the values that CFS has embedded in me, like brotherhood, to my new school or workplace. I'm excited to see what I have to offer the world and what the world has to offer me. I hope to continue to work on myself and put my best foot forward in everything I set out to do.”
Says his bowling coach, Bob Warfel, "Elias came to Church Farm as a reportedly good wrestler but stunned many by saying he no longer wanted to wrestle. Instead he chose bowling. Though he had never really bowled he threw himself into it and over four years worked himself up to team co-captain and anchor bowler, top 7 in the BAL and Regional rankings with appearances junior and senior year."
His advisor, Chuck Keller, has nothing but praise for his advisee in and out of the classroom. “Elias, I am not sure what class would have been like if you hadn't signed up. That's the level of impact you had. Always prepared, always engaged and consistently willing to put yourself out there and share your thoughts and perspective. I hope this class has convinced you how desperately the world needs young, talented and passionate men like yourself.”
He continues, “On the surface, Elias and I are bonded over an interest in and love of cars and performance. But for me, the bond is far more one of respect for a young man who faces his life squarely. I can only imagine how proud those who care deeply about him must feel, seeing all that he has done and become in these last four years.”