Luke Christie Furman University

Class of 2015
Hometown: Due West, South Carolina

Moving from one place to another is something most of us take for granted. Muscular dystrophy made sure Luke Christie has never had such a luxury, but that doesn't mean he won't get where he's going. A May Experience class in San Francisco showed him for sure—in more ways than one. "That trip fueled my passion for rhetoric," Christie, who is dependent on a powered wheelchair for mobility, says. "It also really helped me gain a lot of confidence in my ability to do that kind of thing, and it whet my appetite for more travel and more exploration in years to come." Furman's 2015 male American Legion Medal recipient and Phi Beta Kappa member has simultaneous goals of earning a Ph.D. in communication studies and becoming a published fiction writer.

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