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

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 18 2002

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

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College will be hosting their third annual Students of Excellence Summer Academy, Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, June 30, 2002. 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 Director 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 the study of pre-law, pre-medicine, math, science, and technology education. Nominees are encouraged to have a healthy interest in one of these fields.

Once accepted at the Academy, students will have an intense and rewarding experience. They will have the daily opportunity to interact with national, regional and state leaders in the fields of law, medicine, and higher education. Lecturers for the 2002 Academy will include attorneys, physicians, politicians, educators, and others experts in fields related to the Academy’s field of study.

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 Concord College Students of Excellence Summer Academy is supported by: Princeton Community Hospital, Family Medical Foundation of West Virginia, Marshall University School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Appalachian School of Law, WVU College of Law, and the faculty and staff of Concord College.

The application deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2002. Interested students are encouraged to submit an application through their high school guidance counselor, or their math, science, or technology teacher. Nominations may be completed online at For more information about the Academy, or application information, contact Anthony Underwood, 1-304-384-6068 or e-mail