High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 2: Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Reported by: Jacob Lewis, Sherando High School and Thomas Best, Douglas S. Freeman High School
Day two of the High School Leaders Program (HSLP) began with each student rolling out of bed and making the grueling hike down to the first floor of Bice House. From there, we made our way across the Grounds to the Poplar Ridge Challenge Course, about a twenty-minute walk from our newly adopted home. Here we began a five-hour teambuilding retreat that included everything from balancing on a cable suspended in the air to jumping from the top of a telephone pole. Over the course of the day, we were presented with activities that challenged both our minds and our bodies; however, each young leader managed to maintain good spirits and proactive mentalities.
After completing the ropes course around noon, we eagerly made our way back into the air-conditioned halls of Bice for lunch. There, we enjoyed delicious sandwiches catered by Jason’s Deli, while discussing things like politics and music with our fellow classmates.
After a brief period of post-lunch relaxation, we gathered in the lounge for an intellectually stimulating lesson with Sorensen’s very own Cash Arehart. We engaged in various topics all centered on the central theme “Values, Bias and Credibility.” Some of the key points of discussion include the contrast between law and ethics, unity and diversity, and freedom and equality.
We concluded our night with a group dinner in room 202 provided by Harvest Moon Catering. The feast featured grilled chicken, caprese salad, and mixed grilled vegetables.
While our time here has just begun, the connections and relationships being made by students and faculty can already be seen at the foot of the Rotunda, in the halls of Bice, and all across the grounds of UVA.