Charlotte Parent's 2016 Terrific Teens
Meet eight dedicated and determined young men and women taking action, staking claim and exploring new latitudes with bright perspectives.
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Talented, Intelligent, Dedicated
Senior, Providence High School
Parents: Moses and Mary Sun
Whether he is learning to play a new instrument or taking some of the most difficult classes Providence High School offers, Joshua Sun is known for his strong work ethic. He began playing piano at age 11, took up trumpet in middle school and learned the euphonium at the end of his freshman year because the band needed someone to play the instrument. Within a few months, he was chosen to play the euphonium with Providence High’s top concert ensemble. Joshua also has been drum major of the Providence High marching band for two years.
“I wanted (the position) so I could give back to the program that has given me so much in the last four years,” Joshua says. He further leads the music program as a member of the band leadership team, an elected body that helps guide the program’s development.
“He has an engaging and charismatic personality that draws people to him,” says Joshua Potter, Providence High School director of bands. “Because he has such strong character traits as demonstrated in his work ethic, intelligence and talent as a musician, it has been easy for his peers to follow his lead.”
Joshua has served as captain of the men’s tennis team at his school, was named a Junior Marshall at Providence High and was selected for a summer internship at UNC Chapel Hill to study science and genetics, a field he plans to pursue professionally. He credits his desire to help others to three trips he’s taken to Cuba with his church, Carmel Baptist.
“In Cuba, I saw how much they didn’t have, and yet they were happier than most people in the United States,” Joshua says. In everything he does, Joshua says he wants people to do well and enjoy their experience.
“He has shown a genuine care for his peers and desire for them to find success as well,” Potter says.