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Honors Academy continues to grow with six new freshmen

March 9, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Honors Academy at Concordia Lutheran High School continues to grow with the addition of six new freshmen this spring.

In its second year of existence, the program has grown from 11 original students to now 32 (16 freshmen and 16 sophomores).

The new students this spring are freshmen Lindsay Bennett, Hannah Gerig, RJ Gevers, Bayley Hitzemann, Madelyn Nix and Jeffrey Slack.

Begun in 2014, the Honors Academy promotes exceptional academics, leadership and community service among Concordia students.

The program pushes students to the next level of their academic success. This semester, students are participating in a dinner theater of “Frost/Nixon;” Leadercast, a leadership speaker summit in Auburn; and a college panel with representatives from the honors programs at the University of Saint Francis (Epic Program) and Valparaiso University (Christ College). The panel will take place at 7:30 a.m. April 14.

Students apply for the program and are selected based on receiving Pass Plus in English, math and social studies on their seventh-grade ISTEP tests or based on the PSAT scores during their freshman year. Students then submit a creative response before interviewing with the selection committee.

Over the course of their four years at Concordia, students are required to take Advanced Placement and dual credit courses; maintain a minimum 3.75 GPA; attend lectures and training for leadership awareness, cultural growth and community networking; and complete community service hours each year, and must have 100 volunteer hours minimum by graduation at the same location and with the same mentor. Also during their senior year, students must complete a research paper of their own design and present it.

Upon graduation, these students will receive distinctive recognition and a special notation on their high school transcript.

To learn more about the Honors Academy, contact Luanne Erdos at lerdos@clhscadets.com or 260-203-4575 or visit www.clhscadets.com/honors-academy.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.clhscadets.com.