April 10, 2013
Honors Program students travel to Washington, D.C.
Students in downtown Washington, D.C. after riding a trolley.

From April 5-9, 23 Honors Program students traveled to Washington, D.C. for fun and adventure in the capital. Each year, the students welcome opportunities to travel on day or weekend trips, listen to visiting speakers and enjoy monthly luncheons as well as dinner at the Honors Program Director's home. Accompanying the students were professors Dr. Ken Craig, director of the honors program, and Dr. Michael Vines, associate professor of religious studies.

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. statue

"Each year I travel with a group of 20-25 honor students to major east coast cities,"� said Dr. Craig, director of the honors program. "In recent years we have visited Savannah, Charleston, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. These honors trips provide extremely valuable learning opportunities for students who visit museums and learn about important cultural sites. On this trip, honor students designed their own itinerary and could choose literally from dozens of museums in Washington. The two highlights for me were spending time with students and seeing the new Martin Luther King, Jr. statue."�

During the trip, the students had the opportunity to experience some of the best the capital has to offer including the Library of Congress, the National Zoo, the Air and Space Museum, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and The Lincoln Memorial as well as the shopping and culture unique to downtown Washington, D.C.

"This trip gave the honors students an opportunity to explore one of the most historic and engaging cities in the world,"� said Jamison Carrigan, a sophomore honors student, "but more importantly, it gave us an opportunity to bond as a group. We strengthened existing friendships and formed new ones, all while exploring our nation's capital. What a wonderful experience to share with this great group!"�

Senior honors student, Lindsey Bush said, "I have participated in all the honors trips during my time at Lees-McRae. The trips are always a ton of fun and we get to visit and experience a lot of exciting things. My favorite part about the trip to Washington, D.C. was the "design your own trip" aspect Dr. Craig added. There are so many different museums, monuments, and places to visit that selecting a few to please everyone going would have been a challenge. Having the freedom to break off into groups and visit what interested us the most made the trip even more exciting for everyone."

Students at the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, S.C. on a previous Honors Program trip

The Honors Program at Lees-McRae College is designed to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for academically gifted, highly motivated students. Select residence halls and dorms have been designated for honors students, and everyone in the program is given unique leadership opportunities on campus. Special lectures, colloquia, service projects, and field trips round out the honors experience.

Each year Lees-McRae hosts a Scholar's Day for prospective Honors Program students who show a high level of dedication to academics and leadership. These students compete for two full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarships and one full-tuition Shelton Scholars Award. Throughout the event students participate in essay and interview competitions. If selected for one of these scholarships, the students must be active in the Honors Program and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time at Lees-McRae.

For more information about the Honors Program at Lees-McRae, please contact Dr. Ken Craig, director of the honors program, at or 828.898.5241.

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