Future Collegians Set Sail on Nine-College Tour

2013 College Tour participants pose on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

2013 College Tour participants pose on the campus
of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

St. Paul’s School sent 26 students for one week to tour nine college campuses around the country this summer to determine which colleges would be a best fit for each student.

“We try to go to different schools that the kids haven’t visited, as well as ones we haven’t visited, so we can familiarize ourselves with different colleges,” said Renee Miller, head of the Guidance Department and organizer of the college tour.

St. Paul’s has Miller plan the college tour with Lee Pierre, a Chemistry teacher for juniors and the junior level moderator. Miller and the students went to ten different college campuses, visiting two each day. Schools on this year’s tour included Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Samford University, and Birmingham Southern.`

“Thanks to the Renaissance Board and the Development Office, we have been able to fund this program. The students pay a small portion, but the Renaissance Board covers the tab,” said Miller.

According to Miller, the favorite university of the students was unexpectedly University of Cincinnati, which is relatively unknown by SPS students. Birmingham Southern and Vanderbilt were also extremely well-liked by the students.

To be invited on the College Tour, students must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. College selection for next year’s tour is in progress at the moment, but none are set in stone. Invitations will be given to students in early spring in English class.

Rising juniors that participated on this year’s college tour were Jack Donham, Brett Feringa, Casey Fitzmaurice, and Jacob Smith. Rising seniors on the tour were Quinn Anglada, Michael Burke, Christian Caragliano, Patrick Danner, Scottie Dennis, August Dixon, Kevin Durr, Don Gallaty, Jordan Jacob, Garrett Johannsen, Matthew Johnson, Shane Jones, Ben Kenney, Jonah Knickles, Bryan Livaudais, Tyler Murphy, Leo Palazzo, Jack Ruli, Mitch St. Pierre, Matthew Spedale, Josh Story, and Trevor Watkins.

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