Emmanuel Lawal '20 has a slew of accomplishments from his tenure at Church Farm School - he has made it to the State championship for wrestling three times (earning a second place medal in March 2020 and a medal in 2019), has served on the school's Honor Council, been a cottage prefect and participated in the Relay for Life Club and the AGI Practicum, an afterschool internship program with our neighbors who create software used by leading aerospace and defense contractors. Another accomplishment that Emmanuel will be the final CFS student ever to tout is that he is the last of the six-year-soldiers; he matriculated to the school through the NJ Seeds program as a 7th grader.
"Being away from home at an early age helped mold my character and become open-minded about who I am. I had to adapt to an unfamiliar environment and multiple perspectives. Because of the small school size, it was not long before I found my crowd of supportive friends who did nothing but uplift others. Without those people, I would probably still be a quiet, shy 7th grader who constantly wanted to stay inside his shell. Being a leader in the community did not come naturally but the responsibility kept me focused on being the best role model to the younger students still at CFS. All my accomplishments throughout my six years happened because of some of the adults and peers in the community who always pushed me to be my best self."
Emmanuel will attend Howard University next year, where he hopes to study computer science. He says what he has learned through wrestling about "not giving up so quickly and working hard constantly" will serve him well in college. "Church Farm School has prepared me to get into college; it definitely opens doors."
Says his advisor, Mr. Art Smith, “Let us begin with his infectious smile. It is broad, bright and can light up any room! Whether he is attending class or practicing his wrestling techniques, Emmanuel is a force to be reckoned with. “E-man”, the school’s last six year soldier, is a quiet leader, an “A” student and a fierce competitor on the wrestling mat. Emmanuel is the highest-ranking wrestler in the history of the school, and won the PIAA District Tournament four times, being named, “Outstanding Wrestler” in 2020.
At the PIAA Regional Tournament he placed three times. He also qualified three times for the PIAA State Wrestling Tournament, placing 8th and 2nd respectively. This year, Emmanuel celebrated his 100th win on the wrestling mat with his coaches and teammates. It has been my honor to coach, teach and advise Emmanuel during his time at CFS. He is respectful, dedicated and focused. More importantly, he a young man of great integrity. I look forward to hearing about his future endeavors. You will be sorely missed Emmanuel!”