EDITOR'S NOTE: Carter Anderson of Great Falls Central Catholic was selected as one of 10 Academic All Stars for 2015.
There's no question Carter Anderson has had a successful high school career. But he said that's largely due to the type of faith-filled learning environment available to him at Central Catholic.
It is the kind of environment that has pushed the son of Stuart and Kyla Anderson to achieve great things in just four years. He is graduating first in his class with a 4.0 GPA and earned a 30 on his ACT. He has taken every AP class possible at the Class C school — U.S. history, biology, English literature, English language and U.S. government.
He will attend Carroll College in the fall with at least a semester's worth of college credit.
"I've enjoyed the faith component," he said. "The ability to be a participant in it."
He has enjoyed the familial feel of the school, which has enabled him opportunities to serve as student body vice president this year and class president each of his first three years. As a member of the school's National Honor Society, he has been involved in a peer counseling program and his involvement in Key Club also has provided him with plenty of opportunities to serve others.
Some of his favorite high school memories are from his school's DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America) business club as they traveled to various state and regional competitions — including once to Anaheim, Calif.
"I like the family aspect of a small school," Carter said. "I enjoy having the opportunity to be involved in everything."
This year, he helped his mom when their church hosted the new Family Promise church-based housing program for homeless families in Great Falls one week at a time. They prepared a meal for the homeless families staying at their church and stayed the night with them. It opened his eyes to what homelessness actually looks like, rather than the stereotypes, he said.
"These are actually hard-working people," he said.
Central Catholic also has given him the opportunity to shine athletically. He played football for the Mustangs all four years either as a defensive end or wide receiver. He was a member of the basketball team through his junior year and has found his niche running in various events for the track team.
He is excited to head to Carroll in the fall, but said he's going to miss his classmates. When you attend a small school, you get to know each other pretty well — especially when it's a school where you get to share your faith.
"I've been with some of them for so many years," he said.
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