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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

April 11, 2019

School of the Ozarks seniors experience study trip in Greece, Italy

Ancient site of Delphi in Greece visited by S of O students.Students visit the ruins at the ancient site of Delphi in Greece, gaining an appreciation and understanding of the ancient cultures.

Students visit Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.(L – R): S of O seniors Leah Dolloff, Mary Beth Porter, Emily Shafer, Abby Mutrux, Olivia Vinton, and Lucy Watson stand on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, taking in the historic architecture and buildings.

Amy Martin, assistant professor of humanities, speaks to students about the significance of the Acropolis of Athens.S of O seniors and sponsors view the city from the Acropolis of Athens while Amy Martin, assistant professor of humanities, speaks to the seniors about the city’s significance.

Michelangelo''s David at The Accademia Gallery Museum in Florence visited by S of O seniors.Students gather in front of Michelangelo’s David at The Accademia Gallery Museum in Florence.

St. Mark''s Basilica in Venice.Students stand in front of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

A local street artist visits with students on the Spanish Steps in Rome.Students stand atop the Spanish Steps with a local street artist during an evening in Rome.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — School of the Ozarks high school seniors recently returned from the School’s annual cultural trip to Greece and Italy. The trip spanned from March 14-24.

All 23 seniors ventured to historical sites accompanied by Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks, and his wife, Dee; Steve Martin, adjunct professor and S of O chaplain, and his wife, Amy Martin, assistant professor of humanities; and Lisa Herchenroeder, C of O assistant professor of nursing.

The students visited numerous ancient ruins and historical art museums and tasted authentic cuisine in cities such as Athens, Rome, Florence, and Venice.

“School of the Ozarks does a wonderful job of going through the timeline of the world, starting with the ancient times and mythology,” said senior Jendaya Lilly. “My art class also prepared me. Because of the art analysis that we do, I was able to see the art pieces we had learned about and understand them better, making them more meaningful to me.”

“This unique opportunity made an immeasurable impact upon our S of O seniors,” Steve Martin said. “Most of them had very little exposure to varying cultures and different perspectives before the trip. Our first stop on the trip was Mycenae, Greece. In Mycenae, students walked amidst massive walls erected around 1250 B.C. They toured the ruins of ancient Rome and considered the laws and principles which inspired our founding fathers to found the government of a more perfect union.”

A trip of a lifetime

The seniors experienced the ancient Grecian Acropolis, paid their respects to fallen soldiers in the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, and water taxied through the canals of Venice. They also visited The Panathenaic Stadium, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, The Accademia Gallery Museum in Florence, home of David, Michelangelo’s sculpture, and St. Mark’s Basilica.

“One experience that impacted me the most was visiting the American cemetery in Florence,” said senior Lexi Roberts. “Walking among the many names of the men who displayed Christ-like character by giving their lives for the ones they loved encouraged me to never forget the people who have given so much for me.”

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


04.11.19 – Abigail Wiley



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