Engaging Over Summer
Over the summer many Charlotte Christian students and faculty are continuing their education by participating in a variety of programs, conferences, trips, and internships that will take place locally, around the country, and across the globe. Summaries from their experiences will be posted here throughout the summer.
Rising senior Keaton Gum attended an architecture camp at Auburn University June 18-23. Keaton, along with 38 other students, experienced the life of a college architecture student. They attended lectures and workshops where they learned the basics of design and architecture as well as abstract design by building two and three dimensional models of their initials. The group also created a model of a satellite headquarters for Apple in Mobile, Alabama as their final project.
“The UNC camp was undoubtedly the coolest and most helpful experience of my life," said Sara. "It was an incredibly stressful experience having to come up with a plan, execute, and attempt to proof everything in the small amount of time but it was also exhilarating. I’ve never written on a major deadline like that so it was an interesting experience and a good taste of what it’s like in the media world. Mr. Crothers even recognized me as one of the best student editors he’s ever seen. That, in itself, was one of the coolest experiences of my life. All in all, it was amazing. It helped me improve as a writer, revealed a skillset I have, and provided me with unique opportunities.”
A group of CCS students participated in the Community Cares service camp the week of June 12-16. Community Cares is designed to push students outside their comfort zones and experience Charlotte like never before. Students traveled to a different location each day to volunteer, better our community, and serve alongside their peers. The week was spent at homeless shelters, food banks, inner city events, nursing homes and other places that serve the Charlotte community. In the 2017 camp edition, the group traveled to the Carriage House to spend time with the elderly; collected canned food items for Matthews Help Center; packed sandwiches for Urban Ministries and visited the Union County Shelter.
“This show (A Chorus Line) was definitely a challenge because I was one of the youngest in the cast but I was still expected to keep up with the college students and adults that are more experienced in the field,” said Caroline. “I have always loved this iconic show, so the opportunity to do it at a professional theater while still in high school is a dream come true!”
Rising junior Nate McGrath attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference at Wake Forest University June 9-11. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. The students interacted with panels and were involved in service projects.
“The experience helped me to further develop my own personal leadership skills, as well as my group leadership and society leadership skills,” shared Nate. “I enjoyed listening to the panel of speakers who shared about leadership in various career fields such as medicine, music, and local government. There were also many group activities, and I loved how we were able to participate in service projects to help the local community. I was pleased to help make lunches for a local outreach center and write encouraging notes to families staying in a Ronald McDonald house. By the end of the seminar, HOBY encouraged us to use these skills in the real world, and help to serve and lead others in our communities.”
Rising senior Phoebe Son participated in a three-week program at Davidson College where students take two classes a day taught by Davidson professors. The subjects ranged from Sociology classes to Music classes. Students were assigned college level homework assignments, wrote research papers, and were tested each week based on Davidson's grading scale. In addition to attending classes, there were many pre-college workshops available on essay writing, panels on student life at Davidson, college applicant case studies, and other workshops about the college process.
“I took one political science class called Families, Justice, and Inequality and a history class on Hitler and Nazi Germany,” shared Phoebe. “Both classes were extremely thought-provoking and intriguing. The workload was challenging but I definitely think going to a college prep school like CCS helped me succeed in my classes at Davidson.
Members of the seventh grade, eighth grade, JV and varsity football teams volunteered with the Rice ‘n Beans homeless ministry this summer. The ministry serves more than 100 people in need weekly on Tuesday nights on Tryon and Phifer Streets in uptown Charlotte.
Rising senior Ryan Chaffin participated in the Winston-Salem Business and Entrepreneurship Institute on the campus of Wake Forest University June 18-23. Throughout the week the group visited different corporations such as Rockwell Collins and Hanes in order to catch an inside glimpse into the realm of business. The week culminated with a group presentation in front of a panel of proven business leaders in which they developed an idea for a new small business and tried to persuade the judges to invest in their company.
“It was an amazing opportunity to be able to participate in this program as we had the opportunity to hear from different Wake Forest professors as they lectured on topics such as marketing and developing a business model. This institute was a great opportunity to experience both Wake Forest University and the inter workings of the business world.”
CCS Bible teachers Sam Brady, Jeremy Cummings, Rhett Davis and Brian Henson were given the opportunity to travel to Israel for 13 days of biblical study in June. The trip was primarily funded through a designated gift by a Charlotte Christian supporter. They were led by well-known guide Ray Vander Laan, who acted as their Rabbi for two weeks, instructing them as they traveled using illustrative sermons and the environment around them to highlight biblical truth.
The lesson locations ranged from Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery, to the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, where Jesus spent the night before his arrest and crucifixion. Using a combination of historical and cultural context, Mr. Vander Laan brought new meaning to biblical texts for the teachers they’d never heard before.
Mr. Vander Laan has been a teacher of Jewish Studies in the United States, Israel, Turkey and Egypt for 35 years, using the top scholarly research in archaeology, history and theology to explore Biblical texts. He has guided more than 10,000 people on his study tours.
“We didn’t merely learn biblical truths; we experienced them,” shared Mr. Henson, upper school Bible teacher.
Mr. Davis, upper school Bible teacher, commented, “the lessons I teach will be richer, full of detail and background stories.”
Mr. Brady, middle school Bible teacher, said, “to be able to walk in the footsteps of Christ has taken the stories of the Bible from black and white and turned them into color."
“This trip to Israel was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done,” said Mr. Cummings, upper school Bible teacher. “Even though it sounds cliche, this trip truly has changed me as a person and a Bible teacher.”