Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones, a member of Archbishop Carroll High School's class of 2014, says the lessons he's learned there will help him succeed as a student at Boston College, where he plans to major in chemistry.

At Boston College, a research university grounded in its Catholic identity as a Jesuit school of higher learning, "you're encouraged to search for knowledge and also express your faith," he said.

Jones, a 17-year-old Fort Washington resident and graduate of St. Philip the Apostle School in Camp Springs, has participated in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Program at Archbishop Carroll, where his classes have included two years of IB chemistry, which he was inspired to pursue after taking honors biochemistry there as a 10th grader.

"My teacher was really enthusiastic. That helped me get into it and have fun with it," he said, noting that chemistry involves a lot of problem solving. Chemistry, he noted, is central not only to the functioning of the human body, but also to the food and everyday products used by people, and to all life on earth.

Jones said he was drawn to the IB program because, "I knew it was going to push me farther."

His parents, Anthony Jones and Sandra Avery, met while his father was stationed in Italy. Sandra Avery, a native of Italy, works as a teacher's aide for prekindergarten students, and the elder Anthony Jones works as a construction site manager and continues to serve in the Air Force reserves. Their youngest son, Michael Avery, is a third grader at St. Philip the Apostle School.

The younger Anthony Jones went to school in Italy for the first through fifth grades before the family moved to the Washington area. He said the college preparatory program at Archbishop Carroll has taught him "the importance of learning, and not only in terms of grades." While at Carroll, Jones has been the recipient of the John Carroll Society's Agnes and Joseph Vaghi Scholarship, which he said has enabled him to attend that Catholic school.

He regards his teachers at Archbishop Carroll as his role models. "They really helped me out and pushed me to go the extra step and strive for excellence," Jones said. "(I admire) their dedication for what they do, (and) how much they enjoy teaching. With teaching, it's constant learning. They're always pushing themselves to learn more, so they can teach us more."

At Carroll, Jones has also been an Augustine Scholar, an honor for top students, and he serves as the treasurer for the National Honor Society. He has helped organize Carroll's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, one of the largest such efforts undertaken by any school in the country. "I was there almost every day, helping out... They could always count on me to be there. I learned things like the food drive can bring the community together," he said, adding, "There's a lot of people out there who need help."

Participating in the Kairos retreat with classmates this year deepened his Catholic faith and "helped me understand how you can find God in everything," he said.

When he was in the seventh grade, Jones was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. During college and after graduating, he hopes to participate in medical research that could perhaps find a cure for diabetes. He is interested in adult stem cell research, which is considered ethical by Catholic teaching. "I'm hoping to find something that doesn't contradict the teaching of the Church," he said.

Jones said he has had "great doctors. They've always been there for me."

Now his dream is to be a scientist and medical researcher, and perhaps help find a cure or new treatments for people like him who are living with diabetes. "For me, it's a way to pay back for all the help I've gotten," Jones said. "...If I can help someone not have it, that would be amazing."