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Remembering Julian: His Page

julian flag pic_homepage_remembering julian.jpg“Sure he had a strong left foot, but I think it was the left side in general…because after all that is
where the heart is.” --Talia Saxe, friend and classmate

“He was always a gentleman in and out of class with his impeccable manners and courtesy.  He showed generosity and compassion to his peers and possessed a quiet sense of humor.”  --Susan Harper, biology teacher and Science Olympiad coach, Myers Park High School

“I played soccer with Julian for many years.  In all that time I never once saw him lose his temper.  Even if he was badly fouled, he never retaliated…He just kept playing his own game, both on and off the field.  He was strong like that.” ---Connor Holzinger, friend and teammate

“Julian was the most creative kid I have ever met…In my words, he was a true creative genius…He had a positive outlook on everything, even the toughest of times.  He could find some good in everything…”  --Jhegarih Crawford, friend and classmate 

JULIAN WITH SUCKER FOR WEB.jpgJulian Brown was an exceptional young person.  His life, all too short though brimming with accomplishments, was about taking every chance he could to excel, to bring joy to others, to make his mark.

Julian was a scholar.
Julian’s passion for life and devotion to doing his best allowed him to succeed at everything he attempted.  Having skipped the second grade, Julian chose the most challenging courses and excelled in mathematics, language and science.  He spoke French fluently and was taking Spanish as a third language.  He won several gold and silver medals in some of the most difficult events in Regional Science Olympiad Tournaments.  In his freshman year at Myers Park High School, he was an Honor Roll student in the Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program while engaging in a heavy soccer schedule.

TEAM PICTURE ON WEBSITE.jpgJulian was an athlete.

After the school day was over, the cleats went on and Julian transformed into a gifted athlete.  Having begun playing soccer at the age of 3, he ultimately played for Myers Park High School’s junior varsity team, Classic level for the South Charlotte Soccer Association, Premier level for the Charlotte United Futbol Club, and starter for the North Carolina Olympic Development Team.   He had just begun to train with the U-15 Charlotte Soccer Club Super Y Team.  A versatile player, he performed well as left forward; left, center and right midfielder; as well as left defender.

Julian had character.
Julian’s friends, teachers, coaches and parents all speak of his kindness, generosity, unassuming demeanor, and “1,000-watt smile,” a source of delight for everyone he met.  Julian had a “joie de vivre.”  A rock on his high school campus, painted by his classmates following his death, summed up his impact:  “Some people take 80 years to make a difference.  Julian, you only needed 13.”


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