New LIFT students to begin leadership program Aug. 4
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
This year's LIFT class includes:
, 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.
, 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.
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.
, 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.
is a graduate of Lakeside High School in Atlanta, where she was very involved
in student government and youth ministries.
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.
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.
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
, 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.
, 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
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