LaGrange College welcomes 2016-17 LIFT class

LaGrange College welcomes 2016-17 LIFT class

Aug. 8, 2016
Kaine Baker Kaine Baker
Kaine Baker Sara Ann Bryant
Elissa Chandler Riley Densmore
Leah Harrison Justin Jett
Leah Harrison Justin Jett
Carli Jones Jonathan Lenz
Carli Jones Jonathan Lenz
Grace Neal Dylan McCollough
Grace Neal Dylan McCollough
Lance Shealy

Lance Shealy  

The 2016-17 class of Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow (LIFT) will convene on campus Aug. 2 to begin LaGrange College’s  year-long leadership development program.

The highest non-academic honor offered to incoming first-year undergraduates, LIFT brings together students who have strong leadership and service-oriented backgrounds.

Now in its fourth year, the program will begin Aug. 3 with a four-day, intensive backpacking and rock climbing experience in the mountains of North Carolina. The students are guided by Outward Bound, the most respected outdoor educator in the world.

Upon their return, LIFT participants will be introduced to campus leaders through a distinguished speaker series, and will take part in service projects both on campus and in the community throughout the year. 

This year’s class includes:

Kaine Baker, a graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. At Lassiter, he was involved with Future Business Leaders of America. He was a member of the soccer team, and served as an area coach and referee for various soccer programs.

Sara Ann Bryant, a LaGrange native and graduate of LaGrange High School. She has been active in sports and leadership development training opportunities. This summer, she is volunteering with a church in Maine as part of its student ministries.

Elissa Chandler of Williamson, Georgia, a graduate of Pike County High School. Elissa is a two-sport athlete, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. She has served in leadership roles with multiple mission- and service-based projects locally and internationally.

Riley Densmore of Ball Ground, Georgia, a graduate of Creekview High School. Riley has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Beta Club and CARES (an organization of high school athletes that reads to elementary schools). She also works with her church’s youth.

Leah Harrison of Newnan, Georgia, a graduate of Landmark Christian School. A captain of her high school’s basketball team, Leah also worked with Beta Club, her church’s youth groups and various community service projects. This summer, she is participating in a mission trip to Romania.

Justin Jett of Hampton, Georgia, a graduate of Lovejoy High School. Justin worked with his high school’s Beta Club, and his commitment to community service earned him recognition by both his peers and the local Kiwanis Club.

Carli Jones of McDonough, Georgia, a graduate of the New Creation Christian Academy. Her service has focused on athletics, where she has worked with tournaments featuring athletes in wheelchairs. Carli is a three-time recipient of the NCCA Crusader Award that is given to the athlete with the strongest representation of faith and sportsmanship.

Jonathan Lenz is a graduate of Buford High School. At Buford, Jonathan participated in cross country. He has also served at his church and in various service projects in the community. He also works with a local elementary school’s after-school program.

Grace Neal is a graduate of Newnan High School. While in high school, Grace served as vice president and president of SADD, an organization encouraging students to make positive choices and providing resources to address the peer pressure surrounding them. When not working with SADD, Grace has served on church mission trips and with Relay for Life.

Dylan McCollough, of Newton, Alabama, is a graduate of Wicksburg High School.  Dylan was involved with Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the football team. He also volunteered with his church’s student and children ministries, as well as with youth sports camps and field day events.

Lance Shealy is a graduate of Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia. Lance’s leadership and service spans work with his high school and community tennis teams, the county Chamber of Commerce, and Teen Maze. Lance also worked with various community cleanup projects and assisting to feed those in need.

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