At last check, Covenant Christian Academy 7th grader Cole Wagner had 42,300 Instagram followers and image likes in the low thousands. Fame arrived at the speed of light.

After leading his rural central Pennsylvania baseball team to the American Championship of the Little League World Series in 2015, Cole skyrocketed to potentially intoxicating fame. Everyone loves Cole Wagner and it’s easy to see why.

Instead of projecting the inevitability of future greatness, Cole and his family have weathered the scrutiny with simplicity and quiet grace. Our team interviewed Cole for a profile piece for Covenant.