New Students Connect on Ropes Course

August 12, 2014

For the fourth year in a row, incoming juniors at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) will kick off the two-year residential high school program by tackling a challenge course at Saluda Shoals Park, Monday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All 145 11th graders will travel from GSSM's Hartsville campus to Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia.

The challenge course provides students the opportunity to face and overcome challenges together, while building camaraderie and learning new skills. The students will begin developing entrepreneurial thinking and smart risk-taking practices, while experiencing the strength of a diverse team that shares a common purpose.

This teambuilding day is a component of the school's BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute, which was created to aid students in developing the knowledge required to be leaders in a globally competitive economy.

The students will be divided into teams. Half will take on the challenge course for the first part of the day, while the others will participate in an indoor workshop designed to reinforce the challenge course lessons. Teams will switch places midday, giving everyone a comprehensive experience.

“Students at GSSM learn from the very beginning that they are more powerful working as a team than they are alone,” said Robert Fletcher, Founding Director of the BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute. “The skills developed during this day will assist them during their two years on our campus, as well as in their future careers.”

Members of the media are invited to meet GSSM’s incoming juniors at the Saluda Shoals Environmental Center on August 18 between 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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