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 junior Morgan Brown attended the North Carolina West Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference at Wake Forest University. During the three-day leadership program HOBY Ambassadors developed their critical thinking skills, learned about their personal leadership styles, and formed an appreciation for community service. They attended panel sessions featuring prominent speakers from government, businesses, media, and educational communities.
“I was blessed with the privilege of representing CCS at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar,” shared Morgan. “The seminar provided me with new friendships and leadership tools that I will continue to implement into my daily life. At the seminar, I was able to increase my understanding of what true leadership is. In addition, I learned how to lead through serving the community while participating in various volunteer opportunities.”
Rising senior Camille White attended Marine Quest at UNC Wilmington for the third consecutive summer. She attended the Underwater Ichthyologist and Shark Conservation camp where she completed three scuba classes and six dives - including visiting several famous wrecks! Her classes covered open water certification, fish identification and shark conservation. She also visited a salt marsh, snorkeled and toured UNCW's Center for Marine Science.
"My favorite part of camp was my dive in the infamous Hyde Dredge Wreck as I swam with 10 sand tiger sharks. This camp allowed me to gain my Fish Identification and Shark Conservation specialties which helps me get closer to my goal of becoming a Divemaster."
CCS middle, JV and varsity football teams served the homeless in the community this summer with the Rice 'n Beans Ministry. Rice 'n Beans is a non-denominational, faith-based effort to address the plight of the hungry and homeless men and women on the streets of Charlotte. Student athletes helped prepare and serve meals and distribute clothing.
CCS First Grade Teachers Mrs. Jennifer Dunn, Mrs. Molly French, and Ms. Alex Kemp attended the Get Your Teach On National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The first grade teaching team attended the four-day conference for K-8 teachers to learn best practices and how to create an engaging and rigorous classroom.
Rising senior Caroline Hood went on a mission trip with her church to serve the inner city area of Baltimore, Md.
Rising senior Thomas Spangler joined with Mission of Hope to serve in the Dominican Republic with his church youth ministry. The team served in impoverished areas in the city of Santiago De Los Caballeros and were involved in construction and painting projects as well as ministry at youth camps.
Rising sophomore Caroline Drummond served in Ukraine at Irpin Bible Church along with her church’s student ministry. She worked at a preschool Vacation Bible School as well as a youth sports festival.
Rising senior Neely Hicks attended two business programs this summer at the University of Georgia and Wake Forest University. The Accelerated Business Program at UGA provided an inside track on the various fields of business and time with top executives from Chick-fil-A and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Business Institute at WFU shared the aspects of business needed to launch and run a company and concluded with a ‘Shark Tank’ product presentation, in which students pitched ideas to potential investors showcasing the knowledge they gained throughout the week.
“Both of these programs proved to be very beneficial to me and I learned a lot about different areas of business,” shared Neely. “I heard from people who worked for AT&T, PwC, Champion, and so many other successful businesses. I enjoyed hearing from the speakers and learning from professors that are highly thought of in their field.”
Rising senior Lindsay Noonan was selected to participate in the Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students. The institute is a partnership between the University of Mississippi’s Lott Leadership Institute and the Division of Outreach’s Summer College for High School Students. The goals of the program are to develop leadership skills in young citizens and prepare them for college. The Summer Leadership Institute brings together student leaders from across the Southeast to earn college credit on the UM campus and to begin the study of leadership.
“I was put into a team where I learned about personality types and how to work well with others who have different personalities than I do. Our counselors also helped us format leadership resumes and how to work together to accomplish a task such as coming up with a product that is not on the market. We also served at the boys and girls club where we braided hair, played basketball, and talked about the upcoming school year. Lastly we learned what it takes to be a great leader and how to show others by example and different ways to accomplish goals."
Middle School Principal Ken Rogers was invited to speak at a couple conferences this summer.
Mr. Rogers shared a session on "The Counselor's Role in Facilitating Parent Engagement" at the Institute for Strategic Leadership hosted by Serving and Accrediting Independent Schools (SAIS) in Atlanta.
Mr. Rogers shared a session on "Thick Skin, Soft Skills: Real Life Communication Strategies for New Division Heads" at the Academy for NEW Division Heads hosted by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) in Chicago.
Third Grade Teacher Jill Harouny and Second Grade Teacher Abigail Dye attended the Greg Tang MATH PLUS National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. The duo learned important math concepts such as daily routines and activities that fill gaps of understanding and how to encourage mastery and develop advanced thinking skills that students need for higher math.
Middle School Assistant Principal Karl Simon attended the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Hilton Head. The AMLE Leadership Institute helps leaders create the most effective educational experience for young adolescents.