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From Surviving to Thriving with Ethan Zohn

High Mowing School welcomed activist, soccer professional, two-time cancer survivor, and CBS’ reality-show SURVIVOR winner Ethan Zohn to our community on October 26, 2019 for a motivating address. Ethan has used his journey and considerable platform to connect with others – young adults in particular – and offer much-needed inspiration and advice.

By sharing his story, Ethan inspires countless others around the globe. His message emphasizes character, resiliency, service, kindness and turning challenges into strengths.

Soccer at High Mowing School

This year, Ethan Zohn will serve as the goalie coach for our high school varsity soccer teams, part of the new international Black Rock Football Club Residential Academy at High Mowing School, providing high-level student-athletes a residential soccer program coupled with a premier high school education.

High Mowing School collaborates with the Black Rock Football Club to offer an elite level soccer option for players of all backgrounds. Under the leadership of head soccer coach Scott Miller and the guidance of coaches Colin Griggs, Cleyon Brown, Komar Martinez-PaizDanny Lockhart, and Ethan Zohn, High Mowing School offers high-level soccer training for boys and girls in grades 9 through 12.

Ethan Zohn Bio

Ethan Zohn has used his journey and considerable platform to connect with others – young adults in particular – and offer much-needed inspiration, advice, and comfort.

After winning the reality TV show CBS’s SURVIVOR: Africa, Ethan used this success as the springboard to an exceptional life of entrepreneurship, social purpose, and advocacy. Ethan believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved by living with kindness, community, and a connection to social goodness — beliefs enforced when he was in his 30s and diagnosed not once but twice with CD20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ethan endured several years of aggressive treatment, including two stem cell transplants.

One of Ethan’s projects designed to give back to communities and youths is Grassroot Soccer. This organization, which Ethan co-founded,  is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.

Using soccer as the hook, Grassroot Soccer engages adolescents in making healthy decisions through what the organization calls its “Three C’s: an adolescent-friendly and evidence-based health Curriculum, the supportive influence of local mentor and role model Coaches, and a fun, inclusive, and positive Culture.”


The Fireside Chat Series has been live streamed by a student team for the past two years, giving students an opportunity to use what they've been learning in a real-life situation.  Led by Digital Arts teacher Jim McClure, the student team successfully negotiated the fast-paced live event. Aside from some technical assistance in setting up the editing booth, this project was 100% student and alumnus produced and directed. Every decision—from where to put the cameras, how to set up the lighting, and how to cut the scenes during the show—was done by the students. The crew worked with a new state-of-the-art rack set-up, similar to those used at commercial broadcasting systems. Four individuals can sit at the booth and communicate with each other over headsets simultaneously while the director communicates with the camera operators.

Learn more about the production team roles and those who filled them and read an article about the experience of the tech crew.

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