Merit Learn­ing Ex­pe­di­tions

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By James Hirst for Serve Daily

— Merit Col­lege Pre- para­tory Academy's (MCPA) class­rooms will be empty dur­ing first eight days of school af­ter 2018’s Christ­mas break. Dr. Jesse Meeks, MCPA Di­rec­tor, ex­plains, "Though school will be in ses­sion, reg- ular classes will NOT be­gin! In­stead, our stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in out-of-class 'Ex­pe­di­tions' and do amaz­ing things!"

“Ex­pe­di­tions” are a great op­por­tuni- ty for stu­dents and teach­ers to ex­plore sub­jects to­gether that would not fit into a nor­mal school rou­tine. Amanda Kuhnz, MCPA As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, em­pha­sizes the aca­demic rigor in­her­ent in Merit’s Expe- di­tions, “Teacher-Men­tors will de­sign, cus­tom­ize, and ad­min­is­ter stu­dent Expe- di­tions. Ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude hands-on learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in-depth study, and fun and adventure as stu­dents ex­plore new in­ter­ests and gaze at new hori­zons.”

Stu­dents are able to pick from a num- ber of Ex­pe­di­tions de­signed by Merit’s world-class fac­ulty:

Trek through South­ern Utah on a High Adventure and Lead­er­ship re­treat; stu- dents will re­pel, rock climb, ex­plore caves, sleep out­side while study­ing lead- er­ship, and sur­viv­ing in the wilder­ness.

Study Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and the United States Con­sti­tu­tion, and then spend sev­eral days in Washington D.C. visit­ing land­marks and meeting re- al-world gov­ern­ment lead­ers. Dig into an in­ten­sive study of cake prepa- ra­tion and dec­o­rat­ing strate­gies, or par­tic- ipate in a mas­ter chef com­pe­ti­tion with in­struc­tion by area chefs. Stu­dents will visit restau­rants, ex­pe­ri­ence demos in ac­tual res­tau­rant kitchens, and earn their Utah Food Han­dlers Per­mits.

Voy­age through France and learn its lan­guage, cul­ture, lit­er­a­ture, and cui­sine.

Learn how to im­prove test per­for­mance with a schol­arly ap­proach and work on the ACT Test. Higher ACT scores in­crease aca­demic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the form of schol­ar­ships. Stu­dents will visit univer- sity cam­puses across the state and learn how to play “the higher ed­u­ca­tion game.”

Par­tic­i­pate in a nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise boot camp cul­mi­nat­ing in a 5K or other ath­letic events. Stu­dents will pre­pare for a sport or work to kick-start their own health pro­gram.

Prac­tice physics and then go to amuse- ment parks and meet with real en­gi­neers, and then ride rides all day and night to get a real feel for physics in ac­tion!

The sky is the limit with Merit’s Ex- pedi­tions. Merit will of­fer a va­ri­ety of choices for stu­dents; some may be across the world in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and cost thou­sands of dol­lars, while oth­ers will be lo­cal and cost $50 dol­lars. 7th and 8th graders will stay on cam­pus and ro- tate be­tween ac­tiv­i­ties. 9th through 12th- grade stu­dents get choice pref­er­ences -- in 4 years there are many amaz­ing things each stu­dent will ex­pe­ri­ence.

Join the Merit fam­ily, get a great aca- demic col­lege prep ed­u­ca­tion, and expe- ri­ence the real world through mean­ing­ful field­work and Ex­pe­di­tions.

Photo: Merit Acade­myTO

Merit Stu­dents on the Ma­rine Bi­ol­ogy Ex­pe­di­tion.

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