The counselors for Christendom College’s wildly popular Experience Christendom Summer Program are gearing up for this year’s six sessions, which will be held during the months of June and July. With nearly 300 students expecting to attend the most-popular, well-attended, and highly ranked pre-college summer program of its kind, the counselors, all of whom are current Christendom students, are looking forward to sharing their Christendom experience with this year’s participants, giving all of them an amazing opportunity to discover more about Christendom’s unique educational and cultural offerings.
“The summer program introduces prospective students to Christendom, and all that it offers. We’re thrilled with the team of counselors we have this year, and they have been selected because they best embody the values that Christendom has to offer. The counselors are always one of the most popular aspects of the program, year after year, as they guide our visitors through a week of cultural and educational adventures on and around our Shenandoah Valley-based campus,” says director of admissions Sam Phillips, who will oversee the program.
Senior Joe McMahon is the head counselor for this year’s program. A native of Christendom’s hometown of Front Royal, Va., in 2014, he transferred to Christendom after spending two years at Ave Maria University in Florida. Since joining the student body, he has been consistently amazed by the faculty and staff at Christendom, and their level of intelligence and the personal attention they give. When he’s not in the classroom, McMahon can be found serving the college community as a member of the Student Activities Council, playing varsity basketball, or tearing up the field as one of the college’s star rugby players. This will be his second year as a counselor.
Senior Hannah Gordon is returning for her third year as a counselor. A philosophy major from Stephenson, Va., she just returned to campus after studying abroad during Christendom’s Junior Semester in Rome Program, a powerful experience that gave her an enormously expanded worldview. Gordon is incredibly active on campus, serving as a member of the Student Activities Council, working in the kitchen on campus, and playing on the women’s varsity softball team.
Paul Flagg is joining the counselor team for the first time this year, after spending time abroad in Rome with fellow counselor Hannah Gordon. Flagg, a junior, attended Seton Home Study School during high school, and acquired the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America during that time as well. He can be seen around campus playing his many instruments, when he’s not studying or working on the college’s Student Activities Council.
Sophomore Sylvia Messing is returning for her second year as a counselor. A 2013 veteran participant of the Experience Christendom Summer Program, Messing fell in love with the school during her one-week session, calling the experience “life changing.” Since coming to Christendom as a student, Messing has played on both the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, while also working in the college’s operations department, and as a student ambassador.
Freshman Trey Dusseault is another veteran of the Experience Christendom Summer Program, after participating in it in 2014. After being inspired by the counselors during his session, Dusseault is excited to share his own experiences with this year’s visitors. Before coming to Christendom, he attended St. Michael’s Abbey, a boarding school in California. Although he’s only finishing his freshman year, Dusseault has been involved in many activities and projects around campus, including singing in the acapella group, competing in intramural frisbee and volleyball, playing drums in a musical band, and acting and performing with the theater group.
Returning to the counselor team for her second year, Danielle Corcoran is a native of Northern Illinois. A Christendom sophomore, Corcoran is heavily involved in sports on campus, including the varsity volleyball, basketball, and cross-country teams, as well as playing in all of the intramurals she can handle. When she’s not participating in athletic events, she participates in the college’s work-study program, greeting and assisting visitors to the college’s St. John the Evangelist Library, as well as helping run events on the Student Activities Council.
Sophomore Richard Blank is joining the counselor team for the first time this year. Born in Hawaii and raised in a Navy family, Blank has lived all over the United States, and has been outside of it as well on Christendom’s mission trips. In his two years at the college, Blank has kept busy outside the classroom, spending time as an altar server, resident assistant, swing instructor, student ambassador, varsity rugby and soccer player, and member of the Student Activities Council.
Sophomore Danielle Lemieux is new to the counselor team this year, after transferring into Christendom last spring from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Canada. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Lemieux is incredibly passionate about music, and can often be heard around campus singing, or playing the piano and ukulele. Since coming to Christendom, she has actively served the community by participating in the acapella group, the drama club, and the college’s mission trip program.
The highly acclaimed Experience Christendom Summer Program, designed for rising high school seniors, offers participants a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience, all for the incredibly low cost of $500. Spots for this year’s sessions are already filling up, so all interested students are encouraged to register soon. A waiting list has been enacted and participants will be accepted on a first-pay, first-serve basis.