Attention High School Students: Concord to Host Pre-Med and Pre-Law Summer Academy

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2001

Attention High School Students: Concord to Host Pre-Med and Pre-Law Summer Academy

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College will be hosting their second annual Students of Excellence Summer Academy, Sunday, June 24 through Saturday, June 30, 2001. High school sophomores and juniors may apply for a seat in the Academy, which will be free of charge to those who are accepted.

“We are looking for the region’s most impressive students, both in terms of academics and character,” stated Academy coordinator Anthony Underwood. “College leaders have stated that students in our area (West Virginia and western Virginia) simply do not aim high enough,” continued Underwood. “As a result, our region looses out with this ‘underdevelopment’ of potential. We are using the Academy of Excellence to encourage students and prepare them for college by training them to think critically and making connections with leaders in their field of study or interest.”

Concord is now seeking nominees for this year’s Academy. Nominees must be top performers in their academic class, with regard to their GPA. They must provide college test scores (SAT, ACT, PSAT, etc.) if available; provide class rank and a list of extracurricular activities; be a Sophomore or Junior at the time of application; have a strong dedication to academics and ethics; be mature and prepared to accept personal and academic challenges and be prepared to live by the Academy’s Honor Code. The academy is divided into two areas of study, pre-law and pre-medicine and nominees are encouraged to have a healthy interest in one or both of these fields.

Once accepted at the Academy, students will have an intense and rewarding experience. They will have the daily opportunity to speak with, and personally interact with, national, regional and state leaders in the fields of law, medicine, and higher education. Lecturers for the 2001 Academy will include attorneys, physicians, politicians, educators, and others with specialties in the fields of medicine and law.

Academy members will also receive instruction in autobiographical and thesis writing, history, critical thinking and using writing lab facilities. This instruction will have the dual goals of raising the quality of writing among attendees as well as preparing them for scholarship application at any quality institution of higher education.

“We strongly believe that the key for a better life for all the inhabitants of Appalachia is to increase the number of talented, trained and dedicated citizens who call Appalachia home,” continued Underwood. “No one can understand the concerns of Appalachia as well as someone who has grown up in the region. Therefore, we are essentially trying to help ourselves…to lay the foundation for our own better future.”

The application deadline is Friday, April 27, 2001. Interested students are encouraged to submit an application through their high school guidance counselor’s office. For more information about the Academy, or application information, contact Anthony Underwood, 1-304-384-6068 or e-mail