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After School Ethics and Leadership Academy

The annual After School Ethics and Leadership Academy was held  Feb. 19 until March 5, with 54 students from Conway, Loris, Whittemore Park and Ocean Bay middle schools participating. The academy gives promising sixth-grade students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and to learn about ethics. During the leadership academy, the middle school students have the opportunity to interact with Jackson Scholars who serve as group discussion leaders. For many students, this is their first experience with college life.

This year’s academy featured three sessions which focused on three separate topics. The first session provided an introduction to the importance of character and virtue for future success. The second session, taught by Dr. Holley Tankersley, chair of CCU’s Department of Politics and Geography, focused on leadership. The final session gave junior leaders the opportunity to develop skills in discussing controversial questions.

The Junior Ethics Academy is a tradition that started in 2004 as a summer program. Over time it developed into a spring After-School Ethics and Leadership Academy. This year’s participation numbers set a record.

Please view some pictures from our spring 2014 sessions below.


Dr. Rauhut leads a discussion on character         The students discuss ideas with their group leaders

2014 Academy 1  2014 Academy 3

Light Blue Group                                                    Red Group

Light Blue Group  Red Group

 Yellow Group                                                       Dark Blue Group

Yellow Group  Dark Blue Group

 Green Group                                                        Orange Group

Green Group  Orange Group