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

May 09, 2017

School of the Ozarks seniors travel to Greece and Italy

S of O SeniorsSeniors from School of the Ozarks visit historic sites in Rome, Italy. The students visited Italy and Greece as part of a fourth annual study trip, March 16-26, 2017, during the spring semester.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.—School of the Ozarks high school seniors embarked on a cultural trip to Greece and Italy during the spring semester, March 16-26, 2017.

All 20 seniors ventured to new places accompanied by Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks; Steve Martin, volunteer at S of O; Kendra Franks, S of O assistant professor of K-12 music, and her husband, Neil; and Dr. Justin Carswell, vice president for Christian ministries, and his wife, Mandy Carswell.

The traveling seniors included Lakota Ahner, Shaylea Ahrends, Jedidiah Black, Evelyn Carswell, Dillion Collins, Evan Collins, Cecilia Corbin, John Evans, Kirk Franks, Peyton Lammert, Josiah Lilly, Matthew Morris, Hannah Laughlin, Emma Mackey, Jillian Mutrux, Sierra Saffle, Madeline Sparks, Nicole Voerman, Keyton Smith, and Cole Thompson.

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

“It is a tremendous experience for our seniors to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip that brings their education to life,” Dolloff said. “It is one thing to read Acts 17, and it is quite another to stand on Mars Hill in Athens and experience the whole atmosphere of Greek culture into which Paul was speaking, or to visit ancient Corinth and read from one of Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church. Our students are blessed to be afforded this opportunity.”

“Our high school seniors experienced a life-changing 10 days, where they visited significant places in history,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education. “They represented their country, their school, their faith, and their families well.”

This is the fourth trip for School of the Ozarks to Greece and Italy.

“For me, our time in Greece and Italy was the trip of a lifetime,” Corbin reminisced. “To walk upon history and stand in places I had only read about was a feeling I’ll never forget. I believe when our intellect and emotions join together in balance with one another, we become better philosophers, thinkers, writers, and orators. This trip has strengthened my love for history, challenged my love for academia, and developed within me an even greater awe for the God we serve.”

The seniors experienced the historic Sistine Chapel, were awed by the ancient Roman Coliseum, toured through the streets of Florence, and visited the original statue of Michelangelo’s David.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to travel to these once-in-a-lifetime places,” Black said. “Prior to the trip, history felt like a far-off world that didn’t really affect me. But afterwards, wow! While I was in places like Athens, history became a living and breathing thing. I could almost see Paul talking on Mars Hill and walking through the Forum.”

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. 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 being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center—the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.



05.09.17 – Kendra Fleury


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