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Five Questions with Science Hill student and Milligan College Servant Leader

Brandon Paykamian • Feb 17, 2019 at 11:29 PM

Cooper Reaves, a 16-year-old junior at Science Hill High School, was recently honored as a Servant Leader from Milligan College for his work with Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

On Tuesday, the Johnson City native told the Johnson City Press a bit more about himself and his interests, including presidential history, film and keeping up with the world of local politics. 

Reaves Briefly:

Hobbies: Reading and going to the movies

Favorite food: Pizza

Dogs or cats: Dogs

Favorite musician: Keith Urban

Latest Netflix binge: The Office

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?

I am in the Beta Club, Film Club, School Newspaper team and Future Business Leaders of America. I also work at the Chick-fil-A in the mall. I like meeting new people and being involved in different projects.

Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Ronald Reagan. He was a great president who revitalized the nation’s educational system, which is so important to many citizens, even though we take it for granted.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing students your age?

A lot of students have a hard home life, and coming to school and doing well are sometimes not a priority.

Can you tell us a little more about your recent honor as a Servant Leader from Milligan College?

I was nominated for this award by my youth minister at Munsey Church and was fortunate enough to be chosen as the first student to ever receive this award. The award is given to those who show strong Christian leadership, and this honor means so much to me because I was honored with other distinguished members of our community. I enjoy being involved in my church, and it was nice to be recognized for doing something I love.

My life verse is James 1:22, “But be doers of the Word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” This verse is about putting my faith into action, and it’s important to me to serve my church and my community.

Who inspires you most in life and why?

Our Congressman Phil Roe inspires me. Representative Roe is in Washington with our most influential leaders and working to make Tennessee a better place. He is also here in Johnson City serving our community. Representative Roe is kind, smart and truly invested in people, not politics.

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