New LIFT students to begin leadership program Aug. 4

Cory Aycock
Cory Aycock
Ellie Boykin
Ellie Boykin
Jacob Brenyo
Jacob Brenyo
Brittany Carter
Brittany Carter
Caitlyn Deal
Caitlyn Deal
Eli Grant
Eli Grant
Collin Lamoree
Collin Lamoree
Connor Liney
Connor Liney
Clayton Lord
Clayton Lord
Danielle Suggs
Danielle Suggs

July 23, 2015

The 2015-16 Leaders Inspired for Tomorrow class will gather on campus Aug. 4 to begin the yearlong leadership development program.

Now in its third year, LIFT 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. The students will be guided by Outward Bound, the most respected outdoor educator in the world.

Upon their return to the college, the class will be introduced to campus leaders through a distinguished speaker series. They also will participate 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:

Cory Aycock , a graduate of Columbus High School, is an avid athlete, having earned multiple awards for his performance on the varsity football and soccer teams. He also participated in several community outreaches, including neighborhood beautification projects and youth sports camps.

Ellie Boykin , a native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was very involved in both student life and the theater, with honors including homecoming queen and district all-star cast member. When not on the stage, she enjoys volunteering for her church and community through soup kitchens and worship band, as well as assisting in the roofing and painting of houses through the Alabama Rural Ministry.

Jacob Brenyo has a passion for coaching and serving. A native of Saint Cloud, Fla., he helped coach youth football teams to the national tournament level, and spent 19 days on a mission trip to Malaysia and Myanmar/Burma, where he taught at a refugee school and supported a health clinic.

Brittany Carter , a native of Warm Springs, is a graduate of Manchester High School. During her senior year, she was president of the senior class, captain of the soccer team and president of the Beta Club. She also volunteered at retirement communities, Upward Bound and her church.

Caitlyn Deal is a graduate of Lakeside High School in Atlanta, where she was very involved in student government and youth ministries.

Eli Grant graduated from Hart County High School in Hartwell, Ga., where he was a dedicated thespian committed to service. He volunteered with the local community theater and worked with his high school's Interact Club, an international service-based club associated with Rotary where he served as vice president and president.

Collin Lamoree was a standout on the football field at Williamsburg High School in Corbin, Ky. He also was very involved with Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout.

Connor Liney is a graduate of Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta. Highly involved in leadership organizations and on the soccer field, he also is an entrepreneur, starting his own pet-sitting business. He also held several internships with local industries.

Clayton Lord , a graduate of Dacula High School in Lawrenceville, held many leadership positions in Student Council and athletics. He also is a dedicated member of the Dacula United Methodist Church youth group.

Danielle Suggs , a graduate of West Florida High School in Pensacola, served as student body vice president, glee club secretary and a senior advisory board member, while the school's student government named her "Leader of the Year." She also volunteered at local retirement communities and worked as a children's church leader. Escambia County named her "Most Outstanding Volunteer" for her work at Molino Park Elementary School.

For more information, visit lagrange.edu/lift , email lift@lagrange.edu or contact Joe Strickland at jstrickland@lagrange.edu or by calling (706) 880-8977.




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