Articles for the Month of July 2015

UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Program for Greyfriars Student

Senior Caroline Wolfe (bottom right)

Senior Caroline Wolfe (bottom right)

 

This summer rising senior Caroline Wolfe had the opportunity to attend a journalism program at UNC-Chapel Hill called the “Chuck Stone Program for Diversity.” The goal of the program is to honor the legacy of Professor Charles “Chuck” Stone by encouraging young journalists from a variety of backgrounds to learn from each other.

Accompanied by 11 other seniors, Caroline was able to work in a broadcasting studio, learn the basics of photography, practice interviewing, and visit the Reese News Lab, which develops and tests technological ideas (one of the most recent projects includes an online database of court records so that lawyers can access them without having to travel to the courthouse).

Reflecting on her time away from home, Caroline says,

While this was my first time entering a world without much Christian influence, I was comfortable and confident, and, even if I disagreed with the other students or the professors, I could still tell that they were hardworking and kind-hearted individuals. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them.

If I were not at Greyfriars, I think my experience at Chapel Hill might have been different. I was prepared to enter a strange environment because my wise and faithful teachers have encouraged me not only to think, speak and write with excellence, but also to realize that God chose me, not just my parents. Because I recognize that, I can go anywhere without fear.

Senior Class Trip

Austin Bordeaux, Seth Thomasson, Patrick Taylor, Carl Williams, Josh Cabrera, Mark Cabrera Tina Fillmer, Nicole Vaughn, Olivia Fillmer, Kennedy Ellison, Michelle Ellison

Post by parent chaperone, Tina Fillmer, mom to GCA graduate, Olivia Fillmer.

The 2015 senior class and three parent chaperones recently had an adventurous trip to San Francisco, California. They hiked 6 roundtrip miles at Muir Woods National Park while observing peaceful, beautiful views of the redwood tree forest. In 1945 this site hosted 500 UN delegates representing 46 nations to honor the recently deceased President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the ride back to San Francisco, we experienced a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Strait from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge known as one of the Wonders of the Modern World.  At the top of the bridge, our group walked upon the ruins of the old military Battery Spencer from which scrapped guns were donated for use during World War I and II.  One afternoon was spent hiking the Lands End trail, the original site of a steam train railway which was closed due to numerous landslides on steep cliffs. One of our favorite activities included exploring a cave near Seal Rock, a small rock formation island near the Sutro bath ruins, originally the site of the world’s largest public indoor swimming pool, established in 1896. We enjoyed biking 3 miles across the Golden Gate Park to the ocean while stopping to view a Dutch-style windmill built in 1903 and a bison paddock preservation. Coit Tower, an art deco high-rise tower, featured a variety of frescos commissioned by FDR and his “New Deal,” which the class remembered learning about in Mrs. Mullins’ 12th-grade History class.

San Francisco features the world’s last manually operated cable car system, built in the 1800s, and we looked for every possible opportunity to jump aboard it. We visited a fortune cookie factory and ate authentic Chinese food in Chinatown, America’s oldest and largest Chinese community outside of Asia. We saw artistic murals in the Mission District inspired by the traditional Mexican paintings by artist Diego Rivera. San Francisco’s historic waterfront district, Fisherman’s Wharf, provided entertainment by comical sea lions, musical stairs from the movie “Big,” several visits to the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory and a trip to the Musée Mécanique, an interactive 20th-century mechanical museum of over 300 20th-century penny arcade games and artifacts. We rode the ferry to Alcatraz, a National Historic Landmark, which was inhabited by the most notorious prisoners in the mid-1900s. An audio tour described living conditions within the prison as well as attempted escapes by prisoners who were never found. We also learned that a small community of the guards’ families (including children) lived in unlocked homes on the island next to the prison.  The Seniors enjoyed watching the movie Escape from Alcatraz prior to our trip to the “Rock.” We are very thankful the Lord blessed us tremendously on this trip, and we appreciate everyone who supported us in our fundraising efforts this past year.

Students in the Summer

While the Greyfriars Board and headmaster are busy preparing for the 2015- 2016 school year, the students are also busy–enjoying fun and productive summers.  Here are a few examples:

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Rising Junior Scott M. serving at a week-long “Seek The City” ministry

 

Rising sophomores Natalie S., Ashley W., and Jeremiah W. complete a Driving Education course.

Rising sophomores Natalie S., Ashley W., and Jeremiah W. complete a Driving Education course.

 

Rising juniors Mary H. , Allie T., Rebecca C. and Rebekah V. enjoying a week-long Biblical Worldview Student Conference

Rising juniors Mary Hudson K. , Allie T., Rebecca C. and Rebekah V. enjoying a week-long Biblical Worldview Student Conference

 

Rising senior Rachel F. working hard.

Rising senior Rachel F. working hard.

 

A shout out to other GCA students….What are you doing this summer?  Post a comment below, or on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greyfriarsca). Email a picture to us and we might add it to this post!

This GCA group (along with nearly 20 other young people from their church) served at Brookstone Schools for their week-long VBS.

This GCA group (along with nearly 20 other young people from their church) served at Brookstone Schools for their week-long VBS.