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July 15, 2020

4/29/2020 1:24:00 PM
Former wrestler heads to law school this fall
Christian Redmond, JCHS 195 IHSAA State place winner, signs a Letter of Intent to attend Wabash College and wrestle for the Little Giants in Crawfordsville, Indiana.   File photo
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Christian Redmond, JCHS 195 IHSAA State place winner, signs a Letter of Intent to attend Wabash College and wrestle for the Little Giants in Crawfordsville, Indiana. File photo

Former Jennings County student athlete Christian Redmond was recognized as one of two recipients of the James E. Bingham Award to continue his education at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

The award includes a scholarship, and is given to Wabash College students who have been accepted into law school.

Redmond, who was involved with the Jennings County wrestling program from kindergarten to his senior year, plans to begin studies this fall.

He is the son of Tonia Barberis and Robert Redmond, both of North Vernon, and also of JCHS graduates.

At JCHS, Redmond also was a member of the National Honor Society; he lettered in football, wrestling, and track and field. In 2015-16, he was All Hoosier Conference and All Regional while playing football at the center position.

In wrestling, he was a two-time IHSAA Sectional Champion and a IHSAA Regional Champion, and also placed eighth in the 195-pound weight class in the IHSAA State Wrestling Championships.

Why Wabash College?

"While in high school, I and one of my best friends were recruited by Coach Anderson to wrestle there," Redmond said. "I attended a Scarlet Honors Weekend, a series of tests to gain scholarships from the school, and it was then I decided Wabash was where I wanted to be."

Redmond is completing his studies at Wabash online, at home. He is majoring in political science and minoring in history and rhetoric.

He has been named to the dean's list for academic excellence for five semesters.

At Wabash, Redmond wrestled his freshman and sophomore years; in his junior year, he served as director of management and statistics, and was coordinator of video in 2018-19.

His senior year has been spent as a Democracy Fellow through the Wabash College Democracy and Public Discourse Initiative, traveling throughout Indiana and facilitating community discussion on topics that concern citizens.

He has traveled abroad the past three years, participating in the college's extensive studies to further his knowledge of International Law.

His sophomore year, he went to London, where he studied common law and the British court system. His junior year, he traveled to Germany and Belgium, studying the European Union, and this past year traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to present his independent study on "Voter mobilization in student government."

Law school starts in August. There, he will study Constitutional law, but will consider other specialties, as well.

Before the pandemic interrupted his studies, he was working as the lead coordinator of Montgomery County Free Legal Aid Clinic, where he partnered with lawyers from throughout Indiana to provide free legal counsel to those unable to afford it.

His dream is to practice law in a small community like Jennings County, opening a private practice or partnering with an already established law firm.

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