Spending two weeks on Christendom’s beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley seemed very natural for over 70 high school students this past summer. In two different sessions, Christendom offered these high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to see first-hand what Christendom College is all about during its annual High School Summer Program.
Students came to the Summer Program from all across America and beyond. Two students even flew in from Spain, while another came from Ireland. But no matter where they came from, they all were immersed into Christendom College’s Catholic culture and experienced life as a college student.
During their two-weeks on campus, the students took part in a highly organized and structured program. Led by Christendom graduate Siobhan O’Connor ‘05 and a group of committed camp counselors comprised of both students and alumni, the students attended history, English, Theology, and Philosophy classes each morning, taught by Christendom College’s own professors. And each afternoon and evening, the students experienced life in both the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding areas by going on canoe trips and hikes, going to baseball games in Baltimore and sightseeing in Washington, DC, and exploring Luray Caverns and the historic Front Royal area.
Each year, one of the events most appreciated by the students is the barn dance held at College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell’s house. Students were treated to live Irish music, provided by Dr. O’Donnell on guitar and vocals and College chaplain Fr. John Heisler on the tin whistle. Following the rousing sing-a-long, the students then put on their dancin’ shoes and danced the Virginia Reel.
Next year’s program will be held from June 18-30 and from July 9-21 and applications are already available online by clicking HERE.