Top 100 YBM Highlight – Tristian Markland

Tristian Markland is a leader and wears that title well. The Cox Mill High junior is also a young black man who is serious about his education. His weighted GPA of 4.64 is evidence of that. This impressive student is the YBM Leadership Alliance Outstanding Young Black Man of the week.


Tristian has a mind for science and technology. The universities he lists as his preferences show he is interested in mastering his gift: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. His three areas of interest as possibilities for his major are chemical engineering, mathematics, or science Law.


In addition to his academic success at Cox Mill High School, which includes his membership in the National Beta Club and the National Society of High School Scholars, Tristian is very involved in several extracurricular activities that reflect his talents and versatility. He joined the marching band in 2009 and now serves as the woodwind captain. But in addition to that, he also takes the lead in sectionals and rehearsals. He participates in the Spirit of Cox Mill band and the symphonic and jazz bands.


He is also an athlete. Tristian is on the Cox Mill High School varsity tennis team and was an AAA Scholar Athlete for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years. He was a member of the Cox Mill Chess Club in 2009 and was in the Cox Mill High JETS Club during this first two years of high school.


Moving outside the high school arena, Tristian also shows his interest in leadership. He attends Concord City Council meetings and is an active member of the Concord Youth Council, which he joined in 2009. Here he has the opportunity to serve the community in areas that important to him: the environment, youth enrichment, animals and the arts.


Tristian is an active volunteer and serves on a Youth Council committee called the Green Team that promotes better recycling habits and works to make the environment a better place. He volunteered at the Community Free Clinic last December and assisted a pharmacist during the clinic and then helped clean up the venues when the event ended. He volunteered for the Cabarrus Count Autism Society Family Fun Day where he interacted with autistic children, playing board games with them.  He also helped raise funds to support a project that gave $250 each to underprivileged children for Christmas shopping last year and then volunteered to accompany a shopping child. He chaired a Youth Council event called the “Spring Into Arts Festival” in May.


Congratulations, Tristian Markland, a well-rounded and very active young man, our YBM Leadership Young Man of the Week!


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