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The Legend Behind The Glasses

What makes someone a legend? Most people seem to believe that legends are defined by specific moments or extraordinary actions taken in times of need. However, I believe that legends are defined by facets of their character that differentiates them from others. This is the case for many students at Christian Brothers High School, where we are encouraged to embrace […]

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What makes someone a legend?

Most people seem to believe that legends are defined by specific moments or extraordinary actions taken in times of need. However, I believe that legends are defined by facets of their character that differentiates them from others. This is the case for many students at Christian Brothers High School, where we are encouraged to embrace our differences. Yet no student seems to have taken this more to heart than Tudhvir Sekhon (’17).

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Tudhvir — Tude for short — over the last few years here at CB. Over these years, he has progressively become recognized as a celebrity on campus. His involvement in school affairs, strong relationships with teachers, quirky sense of humor, and devotion to fellow students have made him one of the most beloved people at this school. But is there more? The Talon set out to discover some of the other interesting reasons why this special senior is such an icon.

1. The Glasses

Possibly the mostly visually recognizable aspect of Tudhvir is his glasses. These archetypal spectacles have become a staple of his style. But whether you think Tude’s facial fashion is admirable or atrocious, many students don’t know that he has no choice when it comes to wearing glasses.

“For me, they are the only way to see properly,” he says.

Tude is in fact legally blind due to an accident that happened back when he was only 6 or 7 years old.

“In 1st grade, a kid was kicking a basketball towards me. His shoe wasn’t tied properly so it came flying off and hit me in the eye. Ever since then, I haven’t been able to see out of my right eye at all, and I can barely see out of my left.”

However, despite facing such adversity, Tude has embraced this difference and so have his classmates.

“They are the essence of Tudhvir,” exclaims Justin Dacanay (’17). “You take off the glasses, you don’t have the man.”

“I think they’re quite stylish,” states Makena Haroldson (’17).

Even teachers have come to love his glasses.

“[They] should have their own name,” declares Mr. Thomas Guro ’03. “I have worn them a couple times, and they make me blind!”

2. The Nickname

Anytime his name is called aloud in a public setting, calls of “Tuuuuuuuuuude” can be heard ringing through the crowd. But with such an interesting name, it’s hard not to want to scream it at the top of your lungs.

“Freshman year, in Ms. Cheryl Flaherty’s class, Marcus Cepeda (’17) was making a Vine and scared me, calling out my name,” Tude recollects. “For some reason he just really emphasized the “Tud” in Tudhvir and I guess Tude just stuck from then on.”
While Tudhvir can be reserved at times, he admits that he enjoys the nickname. He shares how awesome it is and how he never expected everyone to know his name.

“He loves it,” Justin laughs. “He’s a shy guy, but he loves the attention.”

3. Temporary Falcon?

Yes, Tude has been the Falcon (the mascot, to clarify). If you frequent CB sporting events, there is a good chance that Mr. Sekhon himself was the one dancing around behind the mask.

“Mrs. Annie Vanenburg says I was in the Falcon costume longer than anyone has ever been,” he says.”I enjoyed having people not know who I was.”

While Tude enjoyed his time as our mascot, he eventually had to pass on the job to someone else.

“It’s really really hot in there, and I needed guidance because it was super hard to see,” he laughs.

4. Tude on Wheels

There has been a rumor going around for a while that Tude’s a bad driver. I am here to put that rumor to rest. It is false. In fact, I was directed to Makena Haroldson because it was said that she believes that he’s a bad driver, but even she couldn’t complain much.

“Well for one thing, he plays music crazy loud in the car, and I can never think,” she exclaims. “But in terms of driving skill, he’s a good driver. Sometimes he goes super fast, but he’s generally a good driver.”

“He’s been driving me since sophomore year,” says Justin. “I’ve driven with many parents and other students, and I still think he’s one of the best drivers I have ever ridden with.”

“That rumor was started by people who don’t know how I drive!” Tude exclaims, annoyed. “When I drive, I get you from point A to point B in a timely manner. It’s as simple as that.”

So whoever started those rumors, you’ve been busted!

5. Rich Aspirations

Few students also know that Tudhvir has a goal in life: to become super rich. How he plans on doing this? This information is not for the ears of the public, but certain things can be verified.

“He has a very detailed, well-thought-out 10-15 year plan on how he’s going to become the youngest billionaire ever,” Justin reveals. “I can’t give the details, but it is impressive and thorough.”

However, Tudhvir isn’t the only one in his family interested in becoming rich.

“My brother [Dalvir Sekhon ’15] made some money through investments,” Tude stated. “For the future, he plans to get rich through business while I plan to do it through programming.”

When I asked how rich, the number astounded me.

“6.138 billion dollars. That has been the primary goal for my entire life.”

6. Facial Hair

Fun Fact: Tude has the ability to grow a stylish, classy beard when he wants to.

“I definitely have the potential to grow the best beard in the school,” he says confidently.

Look out for this guy when March Hairiness comes around.

7. Friendship and Character

Finally, Tude has become recognized as one of the best friends a fellow student could have. He is constantly loyal and kind to others and is always there when you need him. And while I of course could vouch for him, so could pretty much everyone else in the senior class.

“When we first met, we admitted we didn’t like each other,” reflected Justin. “But the more time we spent working events together through Student Council, the closer we got. He’s such a cool guy.”

“Tude is honest and straightforward,” Makena says. “I can easily rely on him and know I can depend on him to cheer me up.”

Even Mr. Guro is with everyone else on this one.

“He is loved because he is sincerely genuine, caring, and hardworking. His dedication to the school is clearly seen — even without the use of his glasses — in the way he talks and acts,” the religion teacher says. “He does not need to act important or throw orders around to gain the respect of his peers. Rather, he is an unassuming leader who commands the respect of those under his leadership because of his humility.”

Ultimately, Tude is the kind of person you would want by your side in any position, any situation, any scenario. He’s got the goods to get people out of trouble when needed, cheer people up when sad, or lead people to the light when facing hardships.

So there you have it. The answer you’ve all been waiting for.

Why is Tudhvir Sekhon such a legend?

With everything he’s got going for him, why wouldn’t he be?

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