Reported by Chase Smith (Freeman High School)
Today we spent the first half of our day in McGaheysville at Cub Run Dairy, a major dairy farm in Virginia. With a guided tour from Mr. Gerald Heatwole, the owner of the farm, we learned about the production of milk for Krogers' shelves all across the Commonwealth.
To start, we witnessed a veterinarian do an ultrasound on a cow that was pregnant with twins! The fetal cows were no bigger than two centimeters each, but had beating hearts!
Reported by: Sinead Nardi-White (Nelson County High School) and Lucas Johnson (Monticello High School)
Following a night of extensive reading, we all woke up and headed to class at around 9 a.m. Our quick walk across the parking lot turned into a scorching caravan of sleep deprived students brimming with intellectual conversation.
Reported by: Choetsow Tenzin (Albemarle High School) & Akhil Srirama (Henrico High School)
Today was the first official day of class and the third day of the High School Leaders Program. We started the day bright and early with a 9 a.m. walk to Gibson Hall. After being formally introduced to Lauren Gilbert, we delved into the world of ethics and moral politics. We had productive and interesting group discussions about our notions of a perfect leader. Ms. Gilbert encouraged us rethink our preconceptions using different ethical scenarios.
Reported by: Avery Warmack (Woodberry Forest School) & Parker Watts (James River High School)
Today was the first day of the Sorenson Institute's High School Leaders Program. After meeting Ms. Gilbert and the Youth Program Managers who will be assisting her, we moved into our rooms in Bice Hall from noon to 2 p.m. After the sign-in process was complete, Sean and John, two of our Youth Program Managers, took us on a brief tour of UVA's grounds, including our classroom, the Rotunda, and the Corner (the main shopping district near UVA).
The Sorensen Institute is please to announce the members of our 2017 Emerging Leaders Program class. These participants will meet three times through July, August, and September to learn about policy in Virginia, craft bipartisan legislation for the General Assembly, and hone their own leadership skills. Congratulations to all!
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