Perseverance is one of the first words that people who know Cory Bright associate with the Bishop Fenwick star student-athlete.
Stumped on a problem in class? It doesn't happen often, but when it does Bright remains steadfast in his quest to find the answer. Injuries that knocked him out of the lineup athletically? It only made Brighter stronger in his resolve to work his way back to health and come back better than ever.
Bright has a weighted grade point average of 4.4324, scored 1,370 on his SATs and 29 on his ACTs. He has been on the Principal's List every semester during his four years at Fenwick, is a member of the National Honor Society and Academic Honor Roll, and was awarded the University of Notre Dame Book Award. His classes this year include AP English Literature and AP US Government and Politics, along with Honors Calculus and Honors Anatomy and Physiology, the latter considered to be among Fenwick's most challenging electives.
"His willingness to select the school's more demanding classes demonstrates his commitment to excellence and always wanting to challenge himself scholastically," said Br. Thomas Zoppo, FSC, the Head of School at Fenwick. "Cory takes particular pride in his academic accomplishments."
A positive, upbeat leader while being a four-year member of both the Crusaders' football and baseball teams, Bright twice came back from deliberating injuries that cut short his sophomore and junior athletic seasons only to excel; as a quarterback, he owns the Bishop Fenwick career records for passing touchdowns and passing yardage. Zoppo refers to him as "the face of Fenwick athletics".
A volunteer at the North Shore Animal Hospital, Bright has been an Accepted Students Reception Awards Speaker for the last two years, a member of the Economics Club as a junior and, this year, a Fenwick Morning Sports Announcer. He has also been a Fenwick Ambassador for four years.
"For the past two years, he has been asked to be one of the featured speakers at Fenwick's reception for accepted students," said Zoppo. "He effectively highlighted the reasons he initially selected Fenwick, his transition to high school, some of his particular milestones, and his plans for the future. He also referenced how he was able to overcome adversity in light of his injuries. Because of his maturity, Cory is readily able to appeal to students, teachers and parents."
College you will be attending: Undecided
What is your favorite book?: "The Batboy" by Mike Lupica
What is your favorite movie?: "Good Will Hunting"
Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Thomas Rhett
What is your favorite app?: Twitter
What is your favorite class in school?: Math
What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: Breaking the all-time passing touchdown and yardage records at Bishop Fenwick. It was a reminder that all my hard work and months of rehab paid off.
What does being a leader among your peers mean to you?: It means a lot to me, because I know I can make a difference for my peers.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: Working in the front office of a professional sports team.
What's something most people don't know about you?: In 2017 I had two major surgeries within seven months of each other. In each case I pushed through the rehab, which led to me breaking both the school passing touchdown record (junior year) and passing yardage record (senior year).