C-SC grad followed family footsteps to college
Friday, May 08, 2009
CANTON, Mo. – It is often hard for a graduating high school senior to choose where they would like to attend college, but for 2009 Culver-Stockton graduate Grant Stephenson that choice was easy. Stephenson, from Canton, Ill., has many family members who have attended Culver-Stockton College, so he naturally had an early interest in the college. Not only did both of Stephenson’s parents attend C-SC, his grandfather, two uncles, four aunts, and one of his cousins also attended C-SC. Stephenson’s younger brother, Blake, is currently a freshman at C-SC. Stephenson gained a bigger interest in the college when he was invited to play football for the Wildcats and later came to find out that the small college atmosphere is what made him feel at home.
Stephenson a history and math education major finished classes in December 2008 and is currently teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math in Knox County, Mo. While attending classes at C-SC, Stephenson was involved in several extracurricular activities that included, playing on the football team and in the collegiate band. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Black Student Union, and Culver-Stockton Teachers Organization. Stephenson was also an avid intramural player for the Lambda, Lambda, Lambda fraternity.
“I had so many positive experiences at C-SC. Many of them came while playing intramurals. I have also been fortunate enough to experience playing college football and collegiate band. My friends and I have also had many positive experiences, whether it be from building giant snowmen or sledding down the concourse,” said Stephenson.
Stephenson also felt that the EXP@CSC curriculum gave him many opportunities that he otherwise would not have had and that the education program successfully prepared him for his current teaching career.
“I believe that the education program has provided me with the necessary tools for teaching. My first semester of teaching has gone well, and I credit much of that to the C-SC education program and all of my professors,” added Stephenson.
Stephenson, who will receive his degree in Saturday’s commencement exercises, said that attending C-SC was “one of the best experiences of his life and that he would recommend C-SC to anyone.”
“I have made many great friends and have had many great memories throughout the past four years,” said Stephenson.
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