Christendom College Announces 7th Annual High School Summer Program

May 3, 2005

Christendom College's annual two-week summer program for high school students will be held on its Front Royal, Virginia, campus in two different sessions from June 19 to July 1 and from July 10 to July 22.

The program, now in its seventh year, gives rising high school seniors the opportunity to experience life as a student at an authentically Catholic college, where they will be fully immersed into a fully Catholic atmosphere where fun, friendship, culture, and academics are seamlessly woven together.

As in the past, the College is expecting approximately 100 students from across the country and abroad to spend time soaking up the Catholic Faith and culture in the sometimes hot and always Catholic climate found at Christendom.

"High school students today have so many colleges from which to choose," says Admissions Director Tom McFadden. "I think that it is important for students to figure out which college fits their needs best. Spending two weeks at Christendom, experiencing dorm life, the culture, the professors, and even the food, can do much to help students determine whether Christendom is the right place for them to spend their college years."

The students' daily schedule will be packed with both edifying and fun events, including classes in the mornings, attendance at daily Mass, and a variety of afternoon activities. In their classes, to be taught by Christendom's own faculty, the participants will be exposed to the works of Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas. They will discuss famous works of literature and explore the relationship between the Catholic Faith and reason. But studying theology, English literature, philosophy, and history will be only part of the curriculum during the two week program.

The other part will be comprised of trips down the Shenandoah River in canoes; hikes through Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Mountains; exciting softball and volleyball games; attendance at an Orioles baseball game in Baltimore at Camden Yards; a trip to the Nation's Capital to visit the John Paul II Cultural Center and the monuments and museums; and a special evening of fun and comraderie at College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell's house.

"We have had such tremendous feedback from past ‘campers,'" says Shalon Spring, coordinator of the program. "Students have come into the program thinking one thing about the college, and after two weeks, leave with new outlook on Christendom, as well as on life in general. Being with other students their age, with the same Catholic beliefs can sometimes be just the thing they need to help them deepen their love of and commitment to the Catholic faith."

Application forms for the High School Summer Program are available on Christendom's website or can be obtained by calling the Admissions Office at (800) 877-5456.


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