High school seniors preview the JUFL life

Sophomore Krissy Kent and Junior Jenna Weirda laugh at some of the more comical talent show performances.
Sophomore Krissy Kent and Junior Jenna Weirda laugh at some of the more comical talent show performances.

By Elisabeth Clevenger

and Christian Arnold

KISSIMMEE — Senior Salute gives high school students the opportunity to really experience the excitement and reality of Johnson University Florida campus life. On Thursday and Friday, JUFL housed 29 high school students for Senior Salute, giving them a personalized brief glimpse of college.

Highlights for this two-day event, hosted by the Admissions department, include the annual talent show, a night of worship and a chance to sample university classes.

Greg Wasden, Brandon Welch, Connor Wood, Dominick Jenkins and Taylor Wood lead worship.
Greg Wasden, Brandon Welch, Connor Wood, Dominick Jenkins and Taylor Wood lead worship.

On Thursday night, the event kicked off with the annual and beloved talent show.

“The talent show is such a great opportunity for potential JUFL students to witness the fun times we have on campus and the supportive atmosphere here at Johnson,” said sophomore Amanda Bolen, one of the judges for this year’s talent show.

This year show included a variety of dancing, spoken word, original songs and cover medleys. O

Winners of this year’s show were Greg Castin, a high school senior who led the crowd in a hymn, and current JUFL student and dancer Maggie Dexter.

After the talent show, more than 90 students gathered for refreshments.

JUFL Senior Ian Daniels brought the message for the Night of Worship session reminding us of practical ways we can love others and share the Gospel message with them.
JUFL Senior Ian Daniels brought the message for the Night of Worship session reminding us of practical ways we can love others and share the Gospel message with them.

Students were served coffee by members of our SGA, and then participated in worship led by a student and alumni band.

Senior Ian Daniels spoke on the importance of loving God and loving others, reminding students that “people take notice when you serve them.”

After getting to know some new faces, visitors got to experience a night of dorm life and, on Friday, had the chance to sit in and attend classes as if they were students.

“Senior Salute is a great way to experience college life and worship God all at the same time,” high school senior Nicole Kubizme said.

One of the classes seniors had the opportunity of attending was Fundamentals of Christian Faith, taught by Professor Joe Gordan.
One of the classes seniors had the opportunity of attending was Fundamentals of Christian Faith, taught by Professor Joe Gordan.

Along with attending classes, high school students had the opportunity to question two different panels about their questions, curiosities and concerns — one panel made of of current JUFL students and the other one of faculty and staff.

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