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Blair Brown and Max Jones, Head Girl and Head Boy, Class of '08

Posted: 2/3/2014

Blair and Max, I find it so neat how God has paved your lives with such similar paths. You were the Head Girl and the Head Boy of the Class of 2008 at HSP. You attended Sewanee, where you both played varsity sports and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Now you are graduate students at Georgia State Law School.

Blair, how did your experience as a student leader at HSP help form you into the person you are today? Did you always consider a career in law? Being a student leader at HSP definitely shaped who I am today in several ways. It taught me how to interact with my peers both as friends and as colleagues working together for a common purpose. I learned the value of giving back to the community by leading the Habitat for Humanity project. Being a student leader taught me how to communicate effectively and work with the different styles other people have. Overall, my experience at HSP led to me to be the respectful, confident, and independent person I am today. I knew I wanted to go to law school in high school as I had an interest in government and debate. Mr. P’s H-period constitutional law class also gave me a glimpse of what I could learn in the future and how law affects everyday life.

Max, can you tell me how your experience at HSP helped to kindle a desire in you to pursue a career in law? From HSP I learned the value of a work ethic combined with time management skills. As the saying goes, “tides wait for no man.” At Holy Spirit Prep, I learned at an early age the importance of wisely organizing your time by allocating what is important and pursuing it passionately and relentlessly with a good support system. The amount of activities and programs offered at HSP truly allows students to fruitfully use their time in a variety of ways, while at the same time teaching them how to succeed and achieve balance among demanding commitments. These skills are undeniably essential for a successful career in law. Moreover, I appreciate the great teachers I studied under at HSP. They enkindled in me a deep curiosity to learn about the world in which I live. It’s funny, but some of the greatest lessons I learned in school were not taken from textbooks or lectures, nor through the appeasement of the AP gods. Rather, it was from the teachers who offered an insightful perspective on life, sharing colorful anecdotes and subtle life lessons. It was these moments that sparked the kind of unscratchable curiosity that fuels a liberal arts education.

Blair, can you tell us a little bit about your experience as the Executive Director of the GSU Law Review? Being on the GSU Law Review is a lot of work, but very rewarding. It is a great feeling knowing that I contribute in producing an emerging journal, which might be used in the future for resolving conflicts in the law. The experience of writing my own article on an unresolved legal topic was interesting, as I became an expert in the law of surrogacy contracts.

Max, can you share your favorite part about having been the offensive lineman for the Sewanee Tigers? My favorite part about playing football in college was the camaraderie that ripened among the players. The constant struggles and challenges we faced as a team helped instill a deep bond, similar to what I experienced in the HSP community. I greatly enjoyed playing football. However, what I appreciate the most is the day-to-day sharing and bonding, almost putting the local Chinese buffets out of business. The lifestyle was exciting but also exhausting; we’d go through an excruciating night practice, stay up until two in the morning to finish papers, and wake up early for morning practice. This is where the work ethic and time management skills I took out of my experience at HSP really helped me succeed as a student-athlete. 

Blair, you played varsity golf at Sewanee. Any advice for female athletes interested in pursuing college athletics? There are many opportunities in college athletics for women, especially in ones typically considered predominantly male. I walked onto the women’s golf team at Sewanee, so I would tell high school girls to just go for it. Even if not recruited for a sport, there is no harm in trying and it may be the activity you enjoy most in college. Also, club athletics are a great way to get involved and still play your favorite sport without the time commitment to a varsity sport.

Max, best memory from HSP? Eating prosciutto at 3am with all my closest HSP buddies in Rome right before graduation, reminiscing about our time at HSP: the good, the bad, and the realization of knowing that we would likely never all see this exact group in one place ever again. Pretty somber. But my favorite memory.

Blair, what’s your favorite high school memory? It is hard to single out one memory from my four years, but all my best memories of HSP revolve around the House System, especially House Days. I loved the sense of teamwork and the interaction between grade levels. Go Nicaea! Also, I will never forget my first day of high school being in the dark in McDonough Hall.

Blair, what are your plans after law school? Any advice for students interested in pursuing a career in law? After law school I plan on practicing in transactional law (i.e. no trials), yet this may change over my last year of school. For anyone considering a career in the law, I recommend they do their research and make sure law is really what they want to do. While a rewarding experience, law school is a big investment of time, money, and emotion.

Max? For now, I don’t have a plan set in stone. However, I am considering a law career in the realm of public interest by working for a federal agency, the military or a non-profit. I will cross that bridge when I get there.

Blair holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Global Studies, French Language, and Literature. Max holds a Baccalaureate Degree in History. They are both active members of the Holy Spirit Prep Alumni Association. 

Max Jones and Blair Brown, while still at HSP