June 29, 2013
Andrew Pochter, 21, a 2010 graduate of the Blue Ridge School was killed on Friday during a protest on the streets of Egypt. His former teacher and lacrosse coach tells CBS19 about his maturity and drive.
"He had a purpose and a plan and he pursued it and pursued it with enthusiasm," said John Young, Chair of the English Department at the Blue Ridge School, who taught and coached Pochter. "He was in many ways just exactly the kind of player that you wanted. He was a good man."
Young said he received an email from a friend of the family which said he was killed during a protest while taking photographs.
Pochter had been working as an intern at the non-profit AMIDEAST, according to Kenyon College's website, where he was a rising junior.
"You can only wonder what might have been," Young said of the college student who was teaching children in Egypt and living there to immerse himself in a language he wanted so badly to learn.
Young said at the beginning of the senior year english class he taught Pochter, he knew of the passion and interest he had in the Middle East.
"What he hoped to do was to be able to go over there and use whatever knowledge or talent he had to bring a greater degree of peace to that region," he said. "He was very much concerned about the issues that were bubbling up in that region."
And in a statement, Pochter's family in Chevy Chase, Maryland say he planned to live and work in the Middle east in the pursuit of peace and understanding.
Contrary to most high school boys, Young says Pochter was very mature and reasonable.
"I never heard him yell at anyone on the athletic field or in the dorms," Young said. "He would talk in a reasoned but powerful way to present his point of view and I admired him for that."
At the Blue Ridge School, Pochter was a prefect, a position that was voted for by faculty and students. Young says prefect's were role models of what facutly wanted all the boys to be like.
"I don't think Andrew every presented himself as an exceptional person. There was no cockiness to him," Young said.
He had no doubt that Pochter would do great things and become a great man.
"He stands out in my memory at least as one of the more remarkable boys we've had the pleasure of working with," said Young.