Morehead State, Kentucky Guard offer ideas for life after high school

Story courtesy of Morehead State University with contributions by Olivia Burton, Kentucky National Guard Family Programs

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High school students from around Kentucky and neighboring states participated in a Kentucky National Guard program hosted by Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., June 23-27, that provided them with future career options. (Photo by Olivia Burton)

MOREHEAD, Ky. — “Life after High School” summer camp wrapped up its second year at Morehead State University on Friday, June 27. 

Sponsored by the Kentucky National Guard and hosted by MSU, the one-week camp provided a fun and interactive orientation to career and education options after high school.

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Campers at the Kentucky National Guard’s Life After High School negotiate a rope obstacle on a confidence course at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., June 24, 2014. In addition to the educational and career-oriented opportunities, the students participated in team-building activites such as the ropes course. (Photo by Olivia Burton)

More than 20 campers, high school Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors attended this year’s event. The camp featured activities in space science, agricultural sciences, law and healthcare.  Students also interactively explored the importance of preparing for college, business etiquette and education.

“Life after high school was cool because along with the educational experiences we had fun activities too,” said Hailey Stinnett, a Sophomore at Mercer County High School.  “Life after high school was an opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences you wouldn’t have if you hadn’t gone to the camp.”

Campers began the week with a career assessment and campus tour. The students were able to begin the camp by examining their talents and passions and discovering the best path for college.

A visit to the Legal Studies Department invited the students to participate in a court case as the jury with Harry Potter on trial.

A variety of team building activities were popular events including a ropes course and free time at the pool.

Students paid a visit to the MSU Farm and got hands on experience with the Department of Agricultural Science.  They too hayrides, witnessed an ultrasound performed on a mare and learned about raising crops and livestock.

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Students interact with a High-Fidelity Patient Simulator, a computerized mannequin that is programmed to mimic a wide range of illnesses at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., June 25, 2014. (Photo by Olivia Burton)

As part of the healthcare tour campers visited the Department of Nursing and got an in depth view of the human body by interacting with MSU’s High-Fidelity Patient Simulator, a computerized mannequin that is programmed to mimic a wide range of illnesses.

Campers spent the next day at the Space Science Center where they were able to create and race jiggybots (electrical devices that use different components to vibrate and make the bots move across the ground).  They also visited the college’s 21-meter space antenna and learned the ins and outs of space exploration. Lastly, they visited the Star Theater, MSU’s planetarium for a space program and laser light show.

“It is a privilege to welcome the sons and daughters of our service members to campus, and we’re grateful that the Kentucky National Guard chooses Morehead State University to offer family programs like this,” said Max Ammons, MSU’s director of military initiatives.  “I was impressed by the National Guard staff and all the folks at MSU who supported the camp. The students had a great time and we hope they visit us again.”

For more photos, visit the Kentucky Guard’s Child and Youth Program’s Facebook page.

See more in this video from Kentucky Guard Child and Youth Programs

Video by Olivia Burton

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