Liam Sharkey '20, West Chester University

Liam Sharkey of Broomall, PA, selected Church Farm School as a sophomore because he says, “I knew it could change the trajectory of my life.”

By all accounts, it has. Liam has grown tremendously at the school, spurred by a caring and encouraging community. Perhaps most memorable was Winter Awards Night 2019, when then varsity basketball coach Marc Turner gave Liam the Coach’s Award for his extraordinary determination and work ethic, which was met with rousing cheers from his peers and the faculty (he says this was his most memorable achievement at CFS, along with his Most Improved Award from his cottage parents). As a senior, he took on the lead role in the school’s annual Christmas Pageant, playing the Priest. His advisor, Ms. Krista Peterson, notes that "while Liam always had a latent musical talent, he really discovered music as a passion at CFS; which progressed from hearing him play piano by ear during lunch in Alumni Hall to honing his natural skills in Mr. Gress’s Piano 1 & 2 classes, learning about composition in Music Tech with Ms. Campbell and capping off this year by playing guitar and bass in the CFS Band."

Next year, Liam hopes to continue exploring his skills; he will major in music at West Chester University. He summarizes his CFS experience: “The strength of brotherhood at CFS is unlike any school I’ve ever gone to.”
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.