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At left, Christian Bass and Gene Williams

Boys Home Student Recognized as Distinguished Graduate from COW Program

Covington, VA (Sept. 24, 2019) - On Thursday, September 19th, Boys Home of Virginia held a special surprise luncheon in honor of senior Christian Bass. This summer, Christian attended the College Orientation Workshop program (COW), held at VMI. Over the course of four weeks, Christian participated in academic and leadership development exercises and heard from a variety of motivational speakers. His accomplishments during the COW program earned him a certificate of Junior Achievement in Finance and the title of “distinguished graduate,” an honor bestowed upon only 5 of the 26 graduates this year.

During the celebratory luncheon last week, Mr. Gene Williams, Chairman of the Board, had the opportunity to speak about Christian. He said, “Reserved people are often mistaken for having a lack of confidence.” While Christian tends to be quiet and reserved, he confronted every task set before him with confidence, determination, and maturity. To honor his achievement, Mr. Williams presented Christian with a silver liberty coin, and Boys Home Program Director Chad Whitmer presented him with a Casio G-Shock watch.

There are no set requirements to become a distinguished graduate of the COW program. Instead, a young man has to prove to Mr. Williams that he has tried his very best, every single day, at every single task given him. Christian Bass fulfilled that requirement with distinction. The whole Boys Home community is incredibly proud of Christian Bass, and we hope he continues to be a strong leader and role model to his fellow students.

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About COW: College Orientation Workshop is a 4-week challenging summer educational enrichment program at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), which prepares male minority high school rising juniors and seniors to achieve success during the remainder of their high school careers and beyond. This is done by cultivating confidence, greater self-esteem, a stronger work ethic, and a commitment to achieving success in spite of the many challenges facing them. Students are also encouraged to seek higher education at the college of their choice, and the program helps prepare them for the varied demands of the college experience. Being integrated into the college environment and associating with college professors and students exposes these young men to a world of new possibilities.

Program Director Chad Whitmer presents Christian Bass with a gift


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