Our new students bring with them a wealth of experiences through service organizations including AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps Project Homecoming, Peace Corps, and Teach For America. One was with the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Leadership Initiative. Nine are Eagle Scouts and one earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Fourteen have held resident life positions. Others have held leadership positions with Model United Nations, mock trial teams, student government, and served as class officers. One was an Eisenhower Institute Fellow and another an ARC counselor. They have served as admission student ambassadors, orientation leaders, peer counselors and peer teachers, on diversity, equity & inclusion committees, and held offices in fraternities, sororities and interfraternity judicial boards.
Members of the class have volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Relay For Life, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, UNICEF, various ministries, as spiritual group leaders, and as missionaries. They have contributed hours of service to animal shelters, cancer associations, disability support services, food banks, homeless programs, human rights programs, legal aid associations, mission trips, pet rescue & adoption, soup kitchens, and as tutors. At least one has served as a peer mental health advocate and one has been a guitar performer at an assisted living facility. Another assisted a Study Buddy Club for elementary and middle school students and one founded POP Search & Rescue – a group of volunteers that hike the Appalachian Mountains to reunite lost pets with their owners.