New LIFT class ready for leadership program

July 17, 2014

The 2014-15 class of Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow will convene Aug. 6 for its yearlong leadership development program.

In its second year, the LIFT initiative is composed of 10 incoming first-year undergraduates who have shown strong leadership and service-oriented skills.

The program begins with a four-day, intensive backpacking and rock climbing experience in the mountains of North Carolina. Participants will be guided by Outward Bound, the most respected outdoor educator in the world.

Upon their return to the college, the students will be introduced to campus leaders through a distinguished speaker series. They also will take part in service projects on campus and in the community throughout the year. 

Inclusion in the LIFT program is the highest non-academic honor offered to incoming freshmen.

This year's LIFT class includes:

Emily Arnold , a graduate of Gulf Breeze (Fla.) High School, was captain of the varsity volleyball and softball teams. She won many leadership and service awards in and out of the athletic arena.

Amanda Bradfield was a standout student council leader at Rome (Ga.) High School. She participated in many activities, from organizing summer camps to teacher appreciation projects, and spent hours volunteering at local food banks and soup kitchens.

Sean Greer of Sautee Nacoochee, Ga., was an all-region football player at White County High School and will be joining the Panther football team. He also worked in his high school’s FBLA chapter and on the student council.

Kelsey Henderson is a graduate of Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga. She was a member of the National Honor Society and spent many hours working with organizations around her school and community, from the Atlanta Community Food Bank to Autism Speaks.

Chandler Joyner , a native of Powder Springs, Ga., played for Hillgrove High School's varsity baseball team. He also served in the Beta Club and National Honor Society, and was a Mentorship Representative.

Brandt Kireta is a graduate of Dominion Christian School in Acworth, Ga. An all-region football player and offensive player of the year, Brandt also served as a member of his school’s JROTC program, volunteered for local elementary schools and worked with his community’s Salvation Army during the holidays.

Nate Rosetti was a varsity basketball player and team captain at Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. He volunteered at local basketball camps, helping younger players learn the fundamentals of the game.

Christopher Smith is a graduate of Collins Hill High School in Lawrenceville. An active church member, Christopher spends many hours in service to his church’s youth ministry and mentoring young students in their walk in the faith. He has been to the Dominican Republic twice in mission efforts where he assisted in painting local churches and producing vacation bible schools.

Lydia Subat was a member of Slidell High School's varsity basketball, softball and track teams in Slidell, La. She participated in Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Child and Relay for Life events.

Delani White graduated from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. A member of her school’s softball team, Delani also served as a camp counselor assistant and as a mentor in Touch Miami with Love, a program designed to help those who live in extreme poverty and helps educate children in such situations.

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