It has begun: school is back in session. But before we all get too busy with assignments and extracurriculars, we’re inclined to look back—to all the amazing accomplishments our students made over the summer (we’re so proud of them), to their hard work, to the challenges they overcame in the past two months, and to the fun times, too. To help them (and us) through the first couple weeks of school, we present this list: five things we know our students will miss about their Summer of C5.

  1. Wild ‘N Out at the ACT Now! Summit
    All ACT Now! Summit evening programs were planned and led by Medallion student committees. In fact, the whole summit was planned and executed by our students. Facilitated by representatives from Prizm, participants spent the week educating each other about community policing and learning how to be producers rather than consumers.
  1. The 360-degree view from the Wesser Fire Tower.

    With a 360-degree mountain view of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smokey Mountains, the Wesser Fire Tower is an impressive sight for anyone—especially our Lanterns, who know they’ve made it through their 5 day TREK of the Appalachian Trail when they catch sight of it.
  1. Two words: Horseback. Riding.

    “If you can’t lead a horse, then you can’t lead anybody.” These wise words come from our Equestrian Director, who teaches our Flints to use clear verbal and non-verbal communication in caring for and riding our amazing equine friends.
  1. Challenge readiness via traveling across the country to earn a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) certificate

    NOLS believes that positive, ethical leaders change the world. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we partnered with them to facilitate our Rexam Leadership Challenge TREK this summer. Students tested their limits during wilderness expeditions in the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Tetons and the Adirondacks, and came back stronger and even more challenge-ready.
  1. Savannah’s amazing culture and art, courtesy of SCAD. (Oh, and its proximity to the beach.)

    Compass students were inspired by the creativity and thoughtfulness of the art exhibits they found scattered throughout the city of Savannah, GA. The city, which boasts several schools visited on our college tour this summer, was a favorite because of its easy access to the beaches of Saint Simon’s Island.

Adieu and farewell to another summer with C5 Georgia! It was full of many fond memories—and the promise of exciting times to come. We wish all of our students a great semester and look forward to seeing you very soon!

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