Sorensen graduates 18 in Emerging Leaders Program class
Aug 29 2013 - 4:30pm

          The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia is proud to announce the graduation of its second-ever class of the Emerging Leaders Program on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Williamsburg. The program involves state policymakers ages 22-33, including many who work either in the governor's administration, the General Assembly, local governments or the private sector dealing with governments. The Emerging Leaders Program had Colonial Williamsburg as its major sponsor.

       The Sorensen Institute Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a one-month leadership development program for young residents of Virginia who work with or in government and are interested in becoming more active in public service and public policy, whether as community leaders or as elected or appointed officials in the executive or legislative branches.
        The Emerging Leaders Program curriculum is focused on three core subject areas:

Ethics in Public Service
 The program includes study of general ethical principles as they relate to public service. The practical application of bipartisan cooperation in public policy formation, including the use of mediation techniques, is a central theme of the program.

Public Policy
 Participants engage in presentations and discussions of a variety of public policy issues facing state governments.

Policy Advocacy Skills
 The program involves real-would exercises in creating and defending public policy initiatives. Policy topics included crafting new state policies to study how to best acquire ebooks for schools and libraries, protect drivers and passengers through primary enforcement of seat belt laws and help eradicate child hunger across Virginia.

        Over graduation weekend, three policy groups presented policy proposals and defended them in front of a panel including state legislators and consisting of state Sen. Bryce Reeves, Delegate Jenn McClellan, Quentin Kidd, Taylor Stoermer and Bob Gibson.   

Ross Airington, Richmond; Health Policy Analyst, VCU Office of Health Innovation, VCU Health System; Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management; American Society for Public Administration; Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society; Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats; American Civil Liberties Union; Second Chance Mentor, Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond; B.A., Political Science, James Madison University; M.P.A., Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jameson Babb, Richmond; Legislative Aide, Delegate Peter F. Farrell; Chairman, Greater Richmond Young Republicans, Former Deputy Finance Director, Congressman Eric Cantor; BA in Government and History, College of William and Mary


Allison Baeuchler, Williamsburg; Legislative Aide/Campaign Aide, Delegate Mike Watson; Volunteer, Williamsburg/Peninsula Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter; Former Research Assistant, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; BA International Relations and History, William and Mary.  


Gerald Bennett, Fredericksburg; Residential Counselor at Youth for Tomorrow, Fredericksburg Democrats, Young Democrats of America; Current student at the University of Mary Washington – M.Ed. program, University of Richmond, School of Continuing Studies, BA in Liberal Arts, Minor – Business Management.


Evan Chapman, Ashburn; Legislative Assistant, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott; Master's Of Public Policy Student, George Mason University; BA in Political Communication, Emerson College


Ashley Chiera, Poquoson; Legislative Assistant, Delegate Gordon C. Helsel, Jr.; BA in Political Science, Christopher Newport University; Candidate for Master of Public Administration 2014, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University; Campaign manager, Helsel for Delegate; Former intern, Congressman Rob Wittman.


Jonathan Hedrick, MPA, PHR, Christiansburg; Managing Member/HR Generalist, Ideaolutions,LLC; Member, Montgomery County Republican Party; Commissioner, Christiansburg Planning Commission, BS/BA, Christopher Newport; Masters of Public Administration/Masters of Urban & Regional Planning, Virginia Tech, Graduate Certificates in Local Government Management, Economic Development, Community Collaborative Leadership, Virginia Tech.


Dale Hendon Fredericksburg; Legislative Assistant, Delegate Mark Dudenhefer; Former Field Representative, Congressman Stephen Fincher; Member, Young Republican Federation of Virginia; Graduate, University of Tennessee at Martin; Former Student Body Vice President, UT Martin; Eagle Scout. 


Colin Hood, Arlington; Senior Associate and Management Consultant, PwC; Board Member and Networking Chair, UVaClub of Washington DC; Member, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; Member, Arlington Country Republicans; Member, Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans; Member, DC Young Republicans; Graduate and former Student Body President, University of Virginia.


Jonathan F. Judkins, Surry County, Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue, Surry County/Commonwealth of Virginia; VALECO; Commissioner of the Revenue Association of Virginia-Career Development Certification Program-Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service UVA; Former Interpreter Chippokes Plantation State Park-Department of Conservation & Recreation; BA in Political Science/Government & Public Affairs, Christopher Newport University; Pi Sigma Alpha-CNU Chapter; CNU Class of 2006 Secretary


Lathaniel Kirts, Chesapeake; Liberty University; Regent University; Morehouse College; Deputy Clerk, Norfolk Circuit Court; Government Relations Intern; American Cancer Society, Intern, Congressman Bobby Scott; VP for Morehouse Class of 2010; Program Coordinator for the GA Legislative Black Caucus; Sorensen Institute College Leader Program 2008, Norfolk Detention Home Prison Ministry, VA Leadership Network, Co-Director.


Eve Nealon, Winchester; Communications Director, Virtual Training Company Inc.; Intern, the Alicia Patterson Foundation; Social Media and Technical Consultant; Communications Director, Sam Kubba for Congress; Secretary Virginia Young Democrats; Secretary Frederick County Democrats; Co-Founder Democratic Business Council of the Shenandoah Valley; Graduate Washington College, B.A. in International Relations, Focus on East Asia and Global Business.


Abbey Philips, Richmond; Legislative Assistant, Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan,  Juvenile Court Advocate for Henrico County Domestic and Juvenile Court; Advocate of the Regional Hospital Response Team for the YWCA; Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Virginia Commonwealth University for Master of Social Work in Administration, Planning and Policy.


Rory Rowan, Richmond; Multimodal Transportation Engineer and Planner, Virginia Department of Transportation; Member, Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; MS in Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University; BS in Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida; Transportation Research Board of the National Academies; Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association; National task force member, Institute of Transportation Engineers; Former fellow, Public Transit Office - Florida Department of Transportation.


Jay Sinha, Alexandria; Attorney, Data Privacy and Security Practice Group, LeClairRyan; University of Mary Washington; Juris Doctorate, William and Mary Law School; Governor's Fellow, Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia; Summer Law Clerk, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California; Legal Extern, Delegate Tim D. Hugo, 40th District; Member, McLean Citizens Association.


Alexandra Stephens, Norfolk; Legislative Aide, Senator John C. Miller; Intern, U.S Senator Timothy Kaine; Member, Virginia Young Democrats; Undergraduate Senior, Old Dominion University; Former Vice President and Director of Outreach & Political Engagement, Old Dominion Young Democrats.


Jesica Turner, Virginia Beach; Executive Assistant and Government Relations Coordinator, Fort Monroe Authority; Assistant Secretary, Fort Monroe Foundation; Graduate, Sorensen Institute College Leaders Program Class of 2009; BA in Political Science and Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport University; Member, Christopher Newport University Alumni Society Peninsula Chapter


Fatima Yousofi, Richmond; Policy, Planning and Compliance Analyst, Virginia Retirement System; Program Assistant for the Preparing Future Faculty Program & Graduate School Mentorship Program, VCU Graduate School; Member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society; M.P.A. in Public Administration with concentrations in Criminal Justice Administration and Nonprofit Management, Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University.


        The class graduated Saturday evening at Colonial Williamsburg and heard remarks about leadership from William and Mary President Taylor Reveley. 


Job Posting: Manager, Military Initiatives at Points of Light, DC
Aug 8 2013 - 4:44pm

Position: Manager (Western Region), Military Initiatives
Organization: Points of Light
Location: Washington, DC
Contact: Send resume and cover letter to Tony Dale,, for consideration. No phone calls please.

"Points of Light (POL) Military Initiatives Division has created the Community Blueprint—a tool and framework administered by POL—to help communities engage veterans, service members and their families. Additionally, POL manages a successful and growing portfolio of AmeriCorps programs including the Veteran Leader Corps, an AmeriCorps National Direct Program. Each of these emerging programs will utilize AmeriCorps members in innovative strategies of volunteer engagement, volunteer leadership and community development through mobilizing veterans, military members, and their families.

With the expansion of the Community Blueprint Initiative Points of Light will be moving to a two-region management system for both the Blueprint and Veteran Leader Corps programs.

The Manager for Military Initiatives will be responsible for all aspects of development and execution of the Veteran Leader Corps and Community Blueprint program both at the National Office and at local host sites and cities throughout the Western Region. The Western region currently includes the following states and territories North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii."


Full description and qualifications available on the Points of Light website.


The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is nondiscriminatory and nonpartisan. The organization does not participate in campaigns on behalf of issues, causes or candidates for office, nor does it discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation or veteran status. This Employment and Internship Opportunities post is provided as a service to our alumni and friends.

Emerging Leaders Program Featured in UVAToday
Jul 31 2013 - 5:02pm

Bipartisanship, Public Policy Focus of Unique Emerging Leaders Program

July 30, 2013

Many young Americans are apathetic toward the government’s ability to solve problems, recent reports find. That’s not the case for 18 young adults taking part in the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s Emerging Leaders Program. Chosen from a pool of talented applicants, the members of the program’s 2013 class believe in government officials working together to reach the best decisions for the state, regardless of political affiliation.

“Virginia’s success is all of our success, no matter what role in political leadership we fill,” wrote Christopher “Dale” Hendon, of Fredericksburg, in his biography for the program. “At the end of the day it’s about learning and growing to improve for a better Virginia.”

Jay Sinha of Alexandria wrote that participating in the program will provide “a unique chance to learn from both peers and policymakers on the theoretical and practical aspects of state government and policymaking, and the opportunity of learning how to govern during troubled times.”

The second annual Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, begins Aug. 2 in Williamsburg. Kick-off events include a public keynote address by Colin G. Campbell, president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, on Friday. More »

Sorensen Announces Emerging Leaders Program Class
Jul 11 2013 - 2:01pm

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is Sorensen's newest leadership development program. Designed for young Virginians who have a background in state government, the program equips participants with the tools to become more active in public policy. 

We are delighted to announce the names of those Virginians who have been accepted into this year's Emerging Leaders Program.

Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2013

Ross Airington, Richmond
Jameson Babb, Richmond
Allie Baeuchler, Williamsburg
Gerald Bennett, Fredericksburg
Evan Chapman, Ashburn
Ashley Chiera, Poquoson
Jonathan Hedrick, Christiansburg
Dale Hendon , Stafford
Colin Hood, Arlington
Jonathan Judkins, Surry
LaThaniel Kirts, Chesapeake
Eve Nealon, Winchester
Abbey Philips, Richmond
Rory Rowan, Richmond
Jay Sinha, McLean
Alex Stephens, Norfolk
Jesica Turner, Virginia Beach
Fatima Yousofi, Richmond

HSLP 2013: Day 15 - Saturday, July 6
Jul 6 2013 - 5:13pm

High School Leaders Program Class of 2013
Day 15: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Reported by Mattie Leibowitz, West Potomac High School and Isa Kivlighan, Stuart Hall School

Today was a very emotional day for both the students and staff of the High School Leaders Program. After two weeks of bonding, opportunities and new knowledge, it was time to pack our bags and say goodbye. The group woke up to get ready and reunited with their families and friends then headed to the Rotunda.

We took our seats and were both entertained and enlightened by our speakers: Mr. Bob Gibson, Mr. Marc Johnson, our nominated class speaker Elisha Untiedt, Ms. Lauren Gilbert, Mr. Grant Tate and Ms. April Auger. They spoke to us about what leadership means and how to apply what we learned at Sorensen to our lives at home. We laughed, definitely cried, and certainly had the chance to reflect on what these past two weeks meant.

Once we were handed our framed diplomas and golden Sorensen pins, we became part of a special and unique group of alumni, and better yet, part of the Sorensen family. After the ceremony, we took what felt like hundreds of pictures and shook hands with our mentors, speakers and friends then headed downstairs for a nice reception.

After drinks and snacks, it was time for the hard part. The group led their families back to Bice and stripped the sheets, washed the dishes and slowly watched our suites return to the state they were in when we arrived. As friends filed out, we had to say goodbye to people it felt like we had known for years. I know that I speak for everyone when I say Sorensen was a life-changing and once-in-a-lifetime experience. We had so many opportunities and learned more than I could have imagined. As we leave Sorensen and return to our summers, I know that we will never forget the things we learned or each other and that this is not the end. It's just the start. 

HSLP 2013: Day 14 - Friday, July 5
Jul 5 2013 - 11:54pm

High School Leaders Program Class of 2013
Day 14: Friday, July 5
Reported by: Rachel Lim, and Deep Run High School and Nicole Jackson, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School

After a night’s worth of preparation and practice, the day of our long-awaited final policy project presentations had arrived. In the midst of crafting practical legislation to address the Commonwealth’s most pressing issues, we all took this morning to reflect on and share all of what we had learned through the creation of our proposed bills with each other and our distinguished panelists. This morning we realized that through the whirlwind of a storm Sorensen proved to be, we needed to take a minute to truly stop and appreciate the work we and our classmates have put into our projects. Although nervous for our question and answer periods held after each of our respective group presentations, we all felt tremendous relief in knowing that we had successfully achieved our goals.

After all the presentations and a little bit of time to hug and give compliments to one another, we walked to Olsson Hall for the very last time. Ms. Colleen Smith, the Director of Development, gave a speech about what we could potentially do to help with recruitment and fundraising as Sorensen alumni. We also heard a few powerful words from our fellow peers about the power of financial aid and the opportunities it affords hardworking, talented students. Next, we held an election for class president and speaker for our graduation ceremony, which was heartfelt and sincere, leaving everyone in the audience misty-eyed by the end. Every candidate gave us a whole-hearted, unforgettable speech which made us realize how much we were taking away from the program, including 29 amazing friends and dozens of mentors.

Following our last class session with Mr. Johnson, we had a few moments to get ready for our last dinner together as a group at local restaurant Horse & Hound. In addition to the gourmet salads, crisp fries, and hearty ribs, what really made this dinner special was the company. Relishing in making our last memories together, we laughed and cheered over the handing out of our superlatives. From seeing who was awarded “best smile”, to who might “quietly take over the world” one day, we savored our last meal together as the Sorensen class of 2013. Later that evening was the first annual talent show, where both students and staff graced us with their singing, rap, and dance skills, along with humorous impressions of other students and amazing beatboxing skills! The talent show again proved how extraordinarily talented we are as group, in more ways than we had ever known!

HSLP 2013: Day 13 - Thursday, July 4
Jul 4 2013 - 11:38pm

High School Leaders Program 2013
Day 13: Thursday, July 4
Reported by: Eddie Lin, Tallwood High School and Tessa Higgins, Charlottesville High School

We left at 9:35 a.m. As we took our daily walk to class, we all thought about the the ominous Budget Game.

Our instructor Mr. Johnson told us we had to balance the state budget. This was not easy, because we represented an array of views, there were many items to discuss and we were at a deficit of over $1 billion.

We were divided up into the Senate and the House of Delegates, and the two groups began to discuss how to lower our deficit.

Each group started by electing leadership. Both houses were given a packet that listed possible expenditures, reductions and taxes. Each of the groups used this to formulate a budget.

The House engaged in much discussion on many of the items, ending up with cuts and an increase in the cigarette tax. Similarly, the Senate discussed possibilities to balance the budget, and instituted a sales and income tax and cut less spending than the House.

After two hours, we took a lunch break and we then divided into groups: two Senate groups and two House of Delegates groups. These assemblies then mixed to create Conference Committees, consisting of one of each of the congregations.

Group 1 discussed the disagreements in two budgets. Because the group differed, there was much debate. In the end however, enough money was cut out (including heath care cuts) so the only tax increase was to the cigarette tax was made. Group 2 worked to create a budget that addressed disagreements. They instituted an income and cigarette tax, while minimally cutting health care.

The groups all convened to vote on the final budget. The biggest differences between the groups were Group 1 eliminating aid for coverage of Medicaid drugs, while Group 2 established income tax increase for the highest income bracket in Virginia. After much work, the plans were put to a vote. Unfortunately, there was a tie which meant that no budget was agreed.

After class, our Independence Day festivities began. Following dinner, we headed for a picnic.

Our party was short because of the practice presentations that were to start later that night. The Youth Program Managers gave wonderful advice on our presentations. After so many days, we were in that last stretch of work; as we made our finishing touches on our project, we knew that we were ready for our presentations.

HSLP 2013: Day 11 - Tuesday, July 2
Jul 2 2013 - 11:56pm

High School Leaders Program Class of 2013
Day 11: Tuesday, July 2
Reported by: Brian Murray, Cape Henry Collegiate School and Sofa Getachew, Washington-Lee High School

After gathering in the lobby and checking that everyone had their roommate, the HSLP embarked on another busy day of political enlightenment. In the morning, students dove into an thoughtful dialogue about the documentary they had watched the previous day, The Perfect Candidate. This film documented the ups and downs of the 1994 Virginia Senate race between Republican Ollie North and Democrat Chuck Robb. Many students expressed their surprise at how misleading the title of the movie was, as none of the candidates were even remotely close to perfect.

Later, the class divided up into smaller groups and were assigned current statewide political candidates for whom they had to prepare campaign strategies. Surprisingly, the candidate whose campaign spot received the most applause was the infamous E. W. Jackson. The faux campaign managers replaced Jackson’s controversial rhetoric with sympathetic appeals: “Was it extreme when Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves? Were the founding fathers extreme when they fought for independence and liberty? Was MLK extreme when he fought for civil rights? E. W. Jackson is good for Virginia”.

After lunch, Sean Holihan helped us further our policy projects. Our other two speakers were Connie Jorgensen and Waldo Jaquith, who brought a lot of extra of flair and personality into the classroom. Jorgensen charismatically walked the class through the implementation of a policy of our choosing. After going through a variety of issues such as the legalization of marijuana, sales tax increases and others, the implementation of an additional cigarette tax of fifty cents per pack was discussed. Jorgensen helped the class understand the intricacies of policymaking from inception, to finding support, and eventually defending it. The high school leaders learned a lot from Jorgensen’s enthusiasm and knowledge on public policy.

Finally, the last speaker of the day, Waldo Jaquith, explained the importance of making public records actually accessible while sharing some of his own personal anecdotes. After dropping out of high school, Waldo Jaquith created his own software to track campaign finance and the positions of numerous politicians. His hard work resulted in the creation of Richmond Sunlight and Virginia Decoded which make political information easier to understand for the general public. After the meat of his presentation, Jaquith discussed his VH1 music awards for best music website and his run in with Al Gore where he actually saved his life. 

Returning from class, every student began prepping for their first full draft of their policy proposal. While in a high stress situation, every group successfully completed the assignment. As a way to end the day on a high note in preparation for the upcoming Richmond field trip, the group unwound to a showing of The Notebook.  

HSLP 2013: Day 10 - Monday, July 1
Jul 1 2013 - 11:09pm

High School Leaders Program Class of 2013
Day 10: Monday, July 1
Reported by: Owen O'Hare, Carlisle School and Tim Dodson, Western Albermarle High School


As the HSLP students filed into the lobby of Bice, all were aware that only four students remained in the 2013 Sorensen Assassin game. The game had become far more competitive than anyone could have imagined in the days leading up to it and, unbeknownst to all, Yash was plotting to kill (or maybe just touch) Thomas with his lethal sock. Unbeknownst to Yash, his perfect assassination took place in a “safe zone” and soon only three assassins remained.

After an uneventful walk to class, we started the day with a wonderful talk with Nate Delesline, business editor and writer for Charlottesville’s own Daily Progress. Mr. Delesline mentioned that although social media has changed his profession in several ways, the interviews, sources, and scoops continue to play as much as a prominent role as have throughout the development of modern journalism. Mr. Delesline stressed four major points for journalists and leaders in general to follow: timeliness, tact, truth, and taste. Perhaps the most important point that Mr. Delesline made about the media was that journalists are “history writers” and that they have to get the facts straight and as fairly as possible.

Moments after Mr. Delesline finished his speech, we were treated to a surprise appearance from Sorensen’s distinguished Executive Director, Mr. Bob Gibson. Mr. Gibson proved exceptionally helpful in answering our policy questions with encyclopedic knowledge of Virginia politics, in addition to his practical advice about the best ways to get our bills to pass in the General Assembly. We may have proved a bit of a tough crowd to get away from, as our policy questions kept on coming and were quickly followed by excellent answers from Mr. Gibson.

Following Mr.Gibson’s discussion with the class, we watched A Perfect Candidate, a political documentary about the 1994 United States Senate race in Virginia between Republican Oliver North and Democrat Chuck Robb. The movie was interesting and highlighted some of the controversial factors in the campaign, such as scandals, the rise of the “religious right”, the role that race played in politics and the tremendous influence of former governor Douglas Wilder on the outcome of the election. The campaign seemed more sensational than perhaps today’s elections are, yet the themes of party influence, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and the need for a critical eye from the media were quite relevant.

After finishing the movie over lunch from Revolutionary Soup, Ms. Barbara Kessler, the Director of Career and Professional Development Programs for UVA, visited the HSLP classroom to teach a short workshop on crafting resumes. We went over the necessities that every resume must have, and Ms. Kessler also taught us how to properly list activities in order of relevance. We also completed a “bragging game” during which we learned something new about many members of the HSLP.

During the classroom section of our day, we had a major class discussion about the importance of numbers in public policy. Although numbers tend to be viewed as objective measures, numbers can be used to oversimplify qualitative issues. When numbers are utilized to craft policy, decisions must often be made about classification, groupings, and whether to include or exclude certain factors. These decisions can often lead to conflicting and misleading information, which in turn creates political tension, discussion, and debate. The discussion was philosophical in some ways, yet understanding the importance of numbers has very practical implications.

We ended class with debates about key issues facing the Commonwealth. The class was divided into six groups; groups were then assigned to a certain side of a policy issue (in the fields of education, transportation and taxation) and prepared positions to present in front of the class. Twenty minutes later, the class came together and the groups presented the opposing sides of each issue and engaged in a six minute debates.This activity proved to be engaging, fun, and fast-paced.

We returned to Bice, and the HSLP split up into groups that ventured to Starbucks, CVS, and U.Va.’s tennis courts. At six o’clock, the entire HSLP converged on Bice’s second floor to eat pizza from Mellow Mushroom over card games and tempestuous assassin encounters. The assassin game finally ended shortly after dinner with the assassin known only by his codename, “Big Bear,” pronounced the winner. As Mr. Johnson had mercifully decided not to make any work on the culminating project due tonight, the HSLP enjoyed a relaxing and quiet night watching television in Bice’s basement lounge. 

HSLP 2013: Day 9 - Sunday, June 30
Jun 30 2013 - 11:10pm

High School Leaders Program Class of 2013
Day 9: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Reported by: Sally Meriwether Roberts, Collegiate School and David Cohn, Charlottesville High School

Today was a more relaxed day for the participants of the High School Leaders Program. The group had a much needed morning off which most of us used to either get ahead, catch up on sleep, or to work on our culminating policy projects. Rest and relaxation was the name of the game. As the morning progressed, the residents of the second floor of Bice Hall were strewn in gaggles across the dormitory, conferencing with friends on our projects and highly anticipating the surprise activity in store after lunch.

Our activity was revealed, and we eagerly filed down to the lounge to watch a movie. We watched Men in Black 3. This was our second movie gathering, and the whole contingent was entranced. The film gave us a light hearted break as we collectively swooned over Will Smith’s witty acting. Students had the chance to either work quietly, relax, or just kick back and watch the movie. However the relaxation stopped promptly at four thirty when we began the 2013 Sorensen assassin game.

One of our Youth Program Managers, Michael, assigned all those who wanted to participate a target, who was supposed to be subdued by the tossing of a sock in their direction. After four hours of intense plotting and deception, very few were still standing. The game allowed for good natured competition as well as new and fun alliances while we tried to guess who our peers were pursuing and stalk our prey like lions in the night. Michael was much appreciated for putting in the time organizing because it was a great way to release stress and bond with our classmates as socks flew across the skies of Bice.

To finish the day, eight of us found a basketball court and played for an hour or so. It was enjoyable to play and hopefully there will be more chances to play again. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the High School Leaders Program. We have become so familiar that it feels like we have known each other forever! There is always something happening here at Sorensen and we have loved every minute of it! 

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