Campbellsville High School senior Lauryn Agathen spent the summer learning about art and political science at the Commonwealth Honors Academy.
The academy is a challenging academic enrichment program offered at Murray State University.
Agathen attended from June 8-29.
Academy students live and learn with their peers and teachers as they take college-level honors courses, attend field trips to enrich classroom experiences and participate in social and personal growth seminars.
The program is open to 120 students from Kentucky and other states.
After completing the program, students receive six hours of college credit and are eligible to take an additional six hours of courses for free during their senior year of high school.
Agathen is the first CHS student to attend the program, which began in 2001.
She said her time at the academy was spent meeting new people, taking college classes and making incredible memories.
“I absolutely loved my classes and time at CHA,” she said. “I had such a great time meeting people, not just from Kentucky, but surrounding states as well.
“The friends and relationships I made during CHA will last for years to come.”
Agathen said her favorite memory of the academy was taking a trip to St. Louis.
The group toured the St. Louis art museum and zoo and attended Shakespeare in the Park.
Agathen said attending the academy helped her learn a lot about herself and what she has to look forward to while attending college.
“My classes were very interesting, especially political science,” she said.
“My professor made it an interdisciplinary curriculum by incorporating Broadway musicals composed by Stephen Sondheim, such as Miss Saigon and West Side Story. We analyzed how politics has a strong influence on theater.
“A highlight of my art class was helping local students at Calloway Elementary School create a mural as part of their summer enrichment program.”
Agathen said attending the academy helped her step out of her comfort zone and develop self-confidence.
“There were many opportunities to work with new people and enhance my communication skills,” Agathen said.
”Actually living on campus and taking college classes taught me time-management and self-discipline.
“Attending CHA gave me unique experiences, new and interesting friendships and helped me see myself in a brand new light.”
Agathen is the daughter of Clark and Kaye Agathen.