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Setting Sights on the Nation’s Capital

Laguna Beach High School graduate Weston Barnes, center, with George Mason University men's volleyball team mates. Photo courtesy GMU

Laguna Beach High School graduate Weston Barnes, center, with George Mason University men’s volleyball team mates. Photo courtesy GMU

He grew up in the sand and surf, but fell in love with the Washington, D.C., region. Now, Laguna Beach High School graduate Weston Barnes is making his mark as a freshman at George Mason University.

In high school, Barnes won a gold medal in Junior Olympics volleyball in 2011 and a silver medal in 2013. He was named first team all-league in 2012 and 2013 and the CIF Orange County all-star team in 2013.

And he was recruited by Princeton University, along with other Division 3 schools, but answered the call from George Mason. “I wanted to attend school and live in another state, especially one on the East Coast,” says Barnes. “After visiting Mason, I fell in love with D.C. Once the volleyball aspect came into play, I was sold.

Barnes, majoring in accounting, has enjoyed building relationships with faculty and stays busy on evenings and weekends, on- and off-campus. He also got the chance to experience international volleyball, volunteering at the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament

Barnes hopes to line up internships or work-study opportunities through Mason. “My only career goal at the moment is to do something that I am passionate about,” he says.

 

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