Rough and tumble

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM.

“They loved that we had a male,” said Carter.

He exercised extensively to maintain his stature as the team’s physical anchor. Muscle exercises, pushups, pull-ups, a lot of stretching, all figured into his regimen.

“It’s a good workout, starting with gymnastics,” Carter said. “I’ve gained a lot of really good friends, that you knew you could trust.”

The emotions that emerged in pioneering a new role for boys at the school shaped the young man’s perspective. “I never knew what they’d see or how they were going to react to it,” he said.

Carter also experienced the stress of how some others would comprehend his homosexuality. Some bullying, some nasty comments, are a remnant of the past, and they don’t seem to bother the soft-spoken honor student..

 “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,” he said. “It’s always an awkward topic. You can tell if people bring it up.”

Bond said her best friend set an example for grace under pressure. “He's the most confident person I know,” she said. “He believes that everyone should be proud of themselves and be who they are.”

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