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College tours abound for Honors Academy students

This fall the Honors Academy students are busy hitting the road as they visit various schools both in state and out of state. While the Honors Academy is in its third year of formation with nine freshmen, sixteen sophomores and eleven juniors, each class of students has a different focal point for their fall trips. 

The sophomores traveled on October 20 to Concordia University Chicago after all thirty-six students had their first Leadership Speaker Summit at CLHS. Josette Rider, CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Fort Wayne spoke to the group about her leadership role at the non-profit organization, shared her career path, and offered advise for developing leadership traits. The sophomores toured CUC, talked with admission representatives, and met with CLHS alumni both at a choral practice in the chapel and later at Lou Malnati’s for dinner. The next day the group headed to University of Chicago where they got a feel for this highly selective school.

The juniors will be heading east in November to visit University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western Reserve. These visits will broaden awareness and give students a feel for things to look for as they progress in their college searches.

The final trip for this fall will be the freshmen trip to Purdue University on Concordia Day, November 11. As the sophomores focused on a Lutheran school and a highly selective school and the juniors embark on a geographic regional trip, the freshmen visit an Indiana state school. Every other year, the freshmen visit Purdue University or Indiana University. Freshmen also meet with admissions counselors and learn what they should be doing early on in their high school career to prepare for college applications and selecting a school. Meeting up with alumni is a hit and strengthens their network.