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Summer Honors Welcomes Over 200 Students to Campus


By Merritt Jenkins

Summer Honors 2019
Summer Honors 2019

Lee University’s 34th annual Summer Honors program recently hosted more than 200 high school students from around the country for a two-week experience, providing incoming freshmen and rising high school seniors with a unique educational, spiritual, and interactive encounter to prepare them for the academic and social challenges of college.

“Summer Honors has been life-changing, life-defining, and life-refining,” said April Richmond, student participant. “Summer Honors taught me to understand the essence of community and God’s manifestation through vulnerability.”

Summer Honors 80s Night
Students have fun at 80's night during Summer Honors

Participants had many opportunities in and out of the classroom during their two-week stay, including picking two of the 13 classes offered in order to receive six college credits. Class selections included “Don’t Do Business Like a Zombie,” “Keeping Secrets Secret: The Mathematical Art to Making and Breaking Codes,” “Go...Transforming Communities through Service,” and “Lessons from Leaders: Ancient to Contemporary,” among others.

Outside the classroom, activities were planned for the students such as a trip to the theatre to see “Aladdin,” whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River, a visit to Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, and an evening at Superfly.

Service projects both in Cleveland and around the county were also arranged. Students worked with several organizations including City Fields, Crossover, and the Salvation Army on projects such as painting, cleaning, and yard work.

Summer Honors Service Project
Students serve during their week at Summer Honors.

Through devotionals and small groups, students were able to experience the faith-development aspect of campus life. This year’s spiritual theme was “Freedom.”

“The students at Summer Honors this year engaged our theme of freedom wholeheartedly,” said Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development. “We explored what it means for them to experience freedom in every facet of their lives. They leave our campus challenged and better equipped to live in freedom and help others do the same. I am eager to see how they express this in each of their lives and communities.”

For more information, visit Summer Honors or contact the Office of Student Development at (423) 614-8406.

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