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News Education Franklin homeschooler heads to Harvard

Canyon WoodwardCanyon Woodward, a recent graduate of Far Horizons Homeschool, will be studying at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, starting this fall. Having participated in academics and extra-curricular activities at Franklin High, Southwestern Community College and Far Horizons, you might actually call Canyon more of a “hybrid student.”

At Franklin High, Canyon was active in the Interact Club, Mock Trial and Math Club, often taking the leadership role in these activities. He excelled in Tennis and Cross Country, being selected team captain in both sports.

In the greater community, Canyon organized Empty Bowls two years in a row, an event which raised funds to feed the hungry, both in Haiti and here in Macon County. As an avid runner, he created the Blue Planet Run locally, a 5K event which helped poorer countries improve their access to clean water. Rotary of Franklin selected him as their male recipient of their 2009 Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

Through Far Horizons Homeschool, Canyon was able to experience the same living conditions that most of the people in developing countries of the world face and to empathize with their situation. The lack of access to clean water which people in these countries experience has become his passion, and this spring semester found him traveling alone to Central America to document the problems rural villages in Nicaragua are up against in obtaining safe water, as well as lending a hand with solutions. A recent article by Canyon in the Macon News documented his work in Nicaragua.

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