Leo McCray ’16

Leo was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Before coming to IMS as a new 8th-grade boarding student in fall 2014, he attended Bellport Middle School in Bellport, New York. After IMS, Leo enrolled at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Currently a junior at EHS, Leo plays football, wrestling, and lacrosse, and is a member of the Current Events Club, Community Council, and the ‪Grill and Chill‬ Club. He credits the relationships he had at IMS to being instrumental in his character development. 

What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I have ever been given has to be a quote from Abraham Lincoln that my old football coach passed on to me. The quote goes, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” -Abraham Lincoln. While it reminded us to keep a good character, it mainly made us question what power was to us. My coach told us that we all have power because we all have access to the essentials that we need to be great. And if we choose to take that for granted and neglect our resources, that shows our true character.

If you could have an unlimited stockpile of one thing what would you choose?
Honestly, unlimited Chick-fil-A would be great.

What is the most memorable book that you read while a student at IMS?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What is the best meal that you’ve ever had on vacation?
Spaghetti Carbonara–the best Italian dish ever.

What is your favorite song in your music library right now?
My Way–Frank Sinatra