Early Life:

Josh has been a proud North Carolinian since 2009. Before that, Josh grew up in downtown Atlanta, GA while simultaneously growing up on his family farm in Macon County, GA. Not too long after his move, Josh took up the piano at the start of 2011. Josh then auditioned for Northwest School of the Arts and was accepted in that same year, where he would go on to complete 8th – 10th grade. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Josh attended the summer intensive piano programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. In February of 2014, after studying piano intensively for three years, Josh auditioned for the residential high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This was Josh’s hardest task to date, seeing as the competition was so high. A few weeks prior to the start of the 2014 school year, Josh was accepted into UNCSA, where he continued on to live on campus and graduate from. Josh’s time studying piano so intensively for during several years taught him a multitude of things, including discipline, patience, and how hard works pays off. By 18, Josh had gotten the full conservatory experience.

Political Interest:

During his time at UNCSA, Josh began to notice his passion for community involvement. He got involved in many school community service programs. Then, Josh founded and was President of the UNCSA HS Debate Club, which he ran until graduating. Josh had been in local private school, public school, and graduated the UNC system, which granted him a unique perspective on all the issues that different branches of our school system endure. It was his time at public school, however, that really geared Josh toward politics. Josh is quoted saying, “I remember thinking, ‘Why am I in a classroom with 30 students, 10 ripped up textbooks, and a teacher being paid the 48th worst teacher salary in the country who now doesn’t want to be here any more than half the kids here.’ That was when I knew I wanted to do something.” Ever since then, Josh has dedicated his non-piano time to politics. On the artistic front, Josh studied piano. On the academic front, Josh immersed himself in the study of law and politics. After a practice session at the piano, it was straight to the library.


After UNCSA, Josh decided to attend Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he still pursues his studies today as a Political Science major. “Guilford College is perfect for me.” says Josh. “After years of studying piano so intensively, I was looking forward to finding a nice reputable small school where I could study politics even further.” Then, when he gets out of his early morning classes, he hops back over to his home in Charlotte to continue his efforts in the campaign and helping his local community.
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