Student leads by example

As captain of the Liberty Christian Cross Country team and president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Dereck Woodcock knows a thing or two about leadership.

The LCS junior decided it was time for him to serve, however, when he and fellow Liberty students recently held a campaign to raise food for the some local area food banks.

Also a member of the National Honor Society and a soccer player for the Warriors, Woodcock believes it is important to get involved at school and give back to his community when possible.

“God has given me certain talents, and I just felt that I should use them,” Woodcock said. “It is also what my parents have taught me to do, and it is what I want to do.”

Woodcock, like most Liberty students, is involved in numerous activities, and said Liberty Christian itself inspires that kind of attitude and enthusiasm in its students.

“I think it is that we all really enjoy our school,” Woodcock said. “We take it as a privilege and a blessing to go here and there is an atmosphere at the school that is created by the students and teachers that we will be successful and should take pride in what we do.”

As a member of SADD, Woodcock said that he really gets to help people in a positive way.

“What we basically do is advocate to students to make the right decisions based on the Bible and morals,” Woodcock said. “We try to help those that are struggling with that with encouragement and just being there as a friend.”

In addition to cross country and soccer, Woodcock said he likes to be active in other ways as well.

“I like to hike and be outdoors,” Woodcock said. “I like canoeing and just doing things outside.”

Woodcock has a number of options available for college, but said the front runners are the University of Missouri and Wheaton College, and said he hopes to go into Pre Med.

Woodcock has a 4.3 grade point average and is ranked in the top eight percent of his class at Liberty Christian.

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