Community Outreach and Scholarship coordinator
Ralston Hartness has joined Clayborne as the Community Outreach and Scholarship Coordinator. As a Johnson Scholar at Washington & Lee University, he taught an 8th grade world history class to attain his teaching license in secondary social studies. He also served as a service-leadership coordinator at an area middle school. This work of liaising between his university and local schools taught Ralston the importance of supporting students through strategic extracurricular programs. In addition to his community outreach work, Ralston’s role as a resident advisor at W&L increased his passion for leading peers in the outdoors and building community over shared meals. Additionally, he dedicated his time to mentoring high school students through Young Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to the flourishing of young adults. Ralston’s love of wild places and rich histories led him to write a senior capstone about a summer experience on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Northern Spain. He aspires towards a career committed to leading young people to deepen their academic, physical, and spiritual lives. When he is not serving students and building relationships between Clayborne and the community, Ralston enjoys cooking, trail running, and writing music.