Jacob Grabeel is a rock solid baseball player, earning all-state honors as a junior while also earning an opportunity to play for Bridgewater College after he graduates from Fork Union. This year he snagged All-Prep League honors as well for his efforts on the mound that included wins over Benedictine and St. Christopher’s when both were ranked No. 1 in the VISAA’s Division I.
Grabeel has also thrown himself into life at Fork Union in a much bigger way, well beyond his baseball contributions. Since arriving at Fork Union, the Orange County native has pursued opportunities at FUMA within the school’s leadership development program. Grabeel, now a senior, is the company commander of Bravo Company, in charge of Fork Union’s junior class.
“It’s an honor to do it because you’re preparing your peers for what you’ve been preparing for the last four years,” Grabeel said. “The commandant’s department gives you their trust in what your decision-making and leadership are.”
That trust is built over time, with Grabeel excelling over the last three years in order to earn that rank and responsibility through the academy’s meritocracy. It’s not an easy path, but Grabeel knows how to work hard as he’s proven both on the diamond and in leadership development.