Coles Manning '19 Sets the Service Bar High

Coles Manning '19, second from left, is one of Christ School's service leaders.

Coles Manning '19 Sets the Service Bar High

Junior racking up hours in second year at Christ School

When he needs a break from the monotony, Coles Manning '19 turns to service. A whole lot of service.

The junior from Fort Worth, Texas, has set the bar high at Christ School with his commitment to helping others.

Coles had accumulated 64 hours of service prior to Winter Break – only 15 are required per school year. On top of that, he was one of 17 Greenies who traveled over February 2-6 to Charleston, S.C., for a Servant Leadership and Cultural Experience trip.

"You're not only helping other people, but helping yourself," Coles said. "Sometimes as students, we get so busy typing up essays and studying, that we don't get to do anything physical. Even if it's just packing canned food, in the moment, I really enjoy doing something physical. Getting off campus and seeing the greater Asheville area is definitely something I look forward to as well."

Coles, now in his second year as a member of the student body, found out about Christ School from a cousin, Taylor Manning '96.

Coles' course load is a rigorous one with lots of Advanced Placement classes. He was a member of the Greenies' state-championship lacrosse team in 2017. In addition to service trips, Coles is involved in the Big Brother program, the Greenie Council, Honor Council, Habitat for Humanity team, and Rotary Club.

Furthermore, it was Coles who came up with the idea to revive Christ School's student newspaper in print form. He is Editor and also handles layout for "The Stump."

"A lot of other boarding schools (have a newspaper) and it really felt like a void here at Christ School," Coles said. "I thought it would be an interesting thing. Practicing journalism is good, especially in today's age. Ethics are very important."