Tom Freebairn

George C. Marshall High School

Class of 2016

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

-MUN
-Student Government
-Debate
-Young Democrats
-Spring Track

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you pick? Why?

I would pick Julius Caesar, because he has always been a personal hero of mine. I feel that he would also have a lot of great stories to tell, and would be able to explain a lot of valuable concepts to me. 

What has been your proudest moment?

I think my proudest moment took place back in 8th Grade, when I first started doing Model UN, at my very first conference I won the first place award, and that moment was a turning point for me, which led me to pursue MUN, politics, and history. I think it helped turn me into who I am today, and I'm forever thankful. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

If I could learn to do anything, it would be the ability to speak Arabic. I have always wanted to speak Arabic, and I feel like it would be a very useful language to know considering where I live, and who I hang out with. It would also allow me to become more involved with Arabic speakers in my area, and Arabic culture as a whole. 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

"Make the Best of a Good Situation: A Tom Freebairn Story"

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

I truly care about the fate of democracy in America, and I think its important for everyone to actively take a role in improving and maintaining their community. 

What does civic engagement mean to you?

To me, civic engagement means improving your community or area by learning about and becoming a part of the democratic political system. It means working to make the place you live better, step by step, and encouraging others to be a part of it all.

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

The State drink is milk. I like milk.

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

In a more progressive, developed state, with movement towards more social change on women's rights, LGBT rights, marijuana legalization, and gerrymandering. 

If you could tell Governor McAuliffe one thing, what would you tell him?

Keep up the good work. 

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you? 

Not really.