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A Step Above: George Chumas

A feeling of inclusivity and sincere appreciation is met when talking with George Chumas, an 89012 resident and senior at Foothill High School. A natural leader and humble talent, you believe him when he says he considers his peer groups “family” and credits his success to those around him. George’s positivity, drive to make a difference in the world and his genuine gratitude are attributes that can’t be taught, but are products of overcoming life’s struggles without letting them define you. With an upbeat disposition, faith and the belief that hard work is its own reward, George rises – A Step Above.  

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  • Foothill Band, 2010-Present; Section Leader, 2012-2013
  • Foothill Drum Line, 2013-2014; Drum Major, 2013-2014; Cymbal Line Section Leader, 2013
  • CCSD Honor Band, Euphonium, 2013
  • CCSD Honor Brass Ensemble, 2013
  • Foothill High School Football, 2011-2013
  • Foothill High School Soccer, 2010
  • Foothill High School Track & Field, 2010 

Scholarships/Awards/Community Service

  • Scholar Athlete, 2012-2013
  • Football Letter Winner, 2012-2013
  • Frosh/Soph Track Championship Participant, 2011
  • Junior Varsity Football Leadership Award, 2011
  • Soccer Letter Winner, 2010
  • National Society of High School Scholars, 2012-2013
  • Student of the Quarter, 2010 and 2011
  • Anthem Hills Music, Brass Group Mentor, 2011-2013
  • Spread the Word Nevada, 2012
  • American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Team Leader

You have a few different “families” in your life: “I have been working since middle school with the goal of becoming a drum major and a varsity football player. Catching touchdowns with my football family while my band family plays the school song is the best and most humbling feeling in the world. I am blessed to be able to do both activities and am grateful to my band directors and coaches for working together to make this possible.”

What’s your secret to success: “A work ethic, a positive attitude and an incredible support system contribute to my success. My parents and brothers are my biggest fans and best sounding boards. I trust their judgment and heed much of their advice. The vast and varied opportunities offered at my school coupled with dedicated administrators, teachers and counselors make it difficult not to succeed.”

You had an incredible obstacle that you turned into a good situation: “I was struck by a vehicle at age thirteen. Being an athlete defined me and sports in my future were uncertain. Music became the focus and I learned to play three instruments. My band family became equally as important as my sports family. I am profoundly grateful that my darkest hour became the greatest blessing.”

Your grandparents are a source of inspiration for you: “My maternal grandparents emigrated from Greece, learned English and became successful business owners and charitable pillars in the community.  My paternal grandparents raised nine children while my grandfather worked full time for the railroad and simultaneously earned a degree in chemistry.  They all understood the value of a hard day’s work. I embrace their legacy of faith, family, self-reliance and perseverance.”


  • George and the entire Chumas family are the epitome of good! They lead and teach by example. We are grateful that our boys are able to get to know and see the examples that George and Alex are in the FHS band as well as be inspired by all 6 of the Chumas family members. Henderson, FHS and our neighborhood are better because they are a part of them.

    • Thanks for sharing, Holly! It was an honor to feature George in the magazine!

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