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CHA is an introduction to the overwhelming responsibilities faced by college freshman presented in a safe, structured environment. – Robert Watts

It is one of the greatest experiences of my life!  It is a life-changing program.  CHA is one of the best programs you can sign up for.  You get college credit, you get to make friends, and the level of independence you get is phenomenal.  You will love it!  You will always regret not signing up, so do it! – Trevor Kaler

CHA was a life-changing experience.  I have grown as a person and strengthened my beliefs.  Within 3 hours of the program, I met the person who is now my best friend.  Even though I sometimes got homesick, I would do this 100 times again.  This has been the best time of my life. – Victoria Hale

My experience at CHA has changed my perspective of the world and my place in it.  To the teachers and staff I am forever grateful. – Katherine Brown

Going to CHA is the best decision I’ve ever made!  I learned so much about life, the people around me, and myself.  I feel like a better person.  Thank you, CHA. –
Caitlyn Aitken

CHA was a great experience.  The time here was great, and the three weeks flew by!  This was definitely one of the best experiences I have had, and I would not change a thing about the program. – Taylor Spencer

CHA is a great way to get a feel for college life, and building new relationships with tons of people. – Michael Toon

CHA is a truly amazing experience.  I am so glad I was given this opportunity because I think it’s really made a positive change in my life.  I’ve had tons of fun, made some really great friends, and I’ll never forget it. – Emily Shewcraft

CHA has changed my life around forever and it is the best thing that has happened to me. – Lucy Sipp

CHA is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.  It opened my eyes to so many things and I made so many great friends.  The activities are so fun and the faculty/staff was so amazing.  The only thing I would change would be to make it longer! – Lindsee Lyles

CHA is an AMAZING experience!  It is one of the best decisions I have ever made to attend.  CHA has changed my life in such a way that I will always remember the events and people of these three weeks. – Matt Lewis

CHA has allowed me to grow and strengthen as a person.  I am thankful for my time here. – Devin Hill

CHA was one of the best experiences of my life!  I learned a ton about college, life, and myself.  I feel prepared to go to college now that I have attended and I am looking forward to it!  I am glad I attended this summer and wouldn’t change anything about the experience. – Sara Weir

The three weeks at CHA were some of the best I’ve ever had.  Everything is really enriching and exciting! – Cory Canter

CHA is one of the best life experiences that I’ve ever had.  It taught me to step out of my comfort zone and enjoy.  It also helped me to see that there is more to college than academics; it’s also about a community, which I found here.  In many ways it has changed me for the better and strengthened who I already am. – Noelle Hilpert

I thoroughly enjoyed CHA and cherish the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made. – Jerelyn Carmichael

CHA was an incredible opportunity to grow.  The environment was so different from the normal classroom setting, which helped me learn more than I could imagine. – Emily Clark

I loved CHA.  You will meet some of your best friends here and create memories that last forever. – Katherine Powers

You cannot be disappointed by attending CHA. – Eric Pujari

This has been such a life-changing experience and I would recommend it to anyone.  I have had so much more fun in three weeks than I could ever imagine! – Ryan Effert

CHA is an amazing three weeks.  Nowhere else can you meet 100 new friends, earn college credit, and grow so much as a person. – Tyler Kaelin

CHA has been, without a doubt, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. – Emily Bratcher

It’s opened my mind creatively, intellectually, and emotionally.  I’ll never forget the great time I’ve had here. – Sam Sheffer

I had a great time and learned a lot. – David Vance

CHA is learning who you are capable of being and starting on that path to become that person. – Morgan Huston

I feel that these friends I’ve made at CHA are friends for life and even though we may go our separate ways the memories that we’ve made here at CHA will always be with us.  Some of us will go on to be doctors, lawyers, and politicians.  Some of us will go on to be teacher, marines, and peace keepers, and some of us will go on to be singers, farmers, and factory worker, but we will all always remember CHA. – Kendra Kennedy

CHA was more fun than I probably could have had staying at home.  The people are nice, the faculty are educated, and the feeling of family is irreplaceable. – Mason Blesi

CHA is fun, challenging, and absolutely unforgettable. – Jonathan Darnall

CHA truly helped me find myself!  The combination of classes, activities, and seminars allowed me to grow so much in such a short time. – Nikki Gamble

Sometimes friends are a better family than family are friends.  Sometimes it’s not even close.  Whatever your case may be, you will never be alone.  Coming to CHA has not only shown me what college will be like, but also that I’m not alone.  I found someone I can relate to as well as be great friends with.  I have learned so much more in class and out than I could’ve imagined.  I’ve also found that every single person has an amazing story.  Through my experiences here I’ve gained knowledge, friendship, hope, courage, and so much more that I will never forget. – Tiffany Boyer

This is the best experience.  Take chances, meet people, learn a lot!! ~ Kyla Haire

These have been some of the most enriching, fulfilling, fun, challenging, funny, and just flat out greatest three weeks of my life.  Thank you CHA! ~ Max Pinigis

If you want new friends, this is the place to be, and even if you aren’t looking for them, you’ll get them. ~ Jesse Murdock

CHA was a really fun experience.  At first, you’re seconding guessing your decision, but then it completely changes.  The people you meet are phenomenal.  It’s so much fun!  And guaranteed to make memories you won’t forget. ~ Katie Fostervold

I could have never predicted how much fun I would have at CHA.  Not only is it a great academic opportunity, but I’ve met some of the best people in my life hear and I was lucky to have the chance to experience CHA. ~ Julia Pergande

CHA was not only a chance for academic achievement, it was a place that truly changed my life. ~ Jessica Jacobs

I wish I would have been able to access the football field so I could practice, and also, I wish I would have been able to go to the Wellness Center more than just in the morning and on the Sunday at the Wellness Center.  Other than that, the Academy was great! ~ Marc Wynstra

CHA is amazingly awesome!! ~ Ronald Booth

CHA has been one of the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.  Everyone here is incredibly nice and welcoming.  They helped to make this an amazing three weeks. ~ Hannah Mylor

CHA has been a great experience.  It gives you an opportunity to grow, learn about college, learn about life, and even learn things about yourself. ~ Katie Rainey

You will have so much fun and you will make so many friends that you won’t want to leave. ~ Ben Ferguson

It’s NOT nerd camp. ~ Aurora Laslie

It’s a great place to meet new friends and explore ideas from different perspectives. ~ Matt Treadway

CHA is a great program, if you get the chance to attend, stop what you’re doing and go to CHA.  It will be a truly amazing experience and a great opportunity. ~ Granvil Travis

CHA was said to be a life changing experience, I didn’t know what to think about that.  But now that it’s almost over, I can’t imagine not being here.  It was one of the best experiences I could have had during my summer. ~ Kyley Witherspoon

You will not only learn about certain subjects, you will learn about yourself. ~ Shannon Pate

CHA is a great place to live and learn with some amazing students, faculty, and RC’s.  It really prepares you for college! ~ Caty Gerteison

The academy helped me learn more of who I am.  The faculty was very supportive and always willing to help with the small things or the big things. ~ Amber Burnes

I came to CHA hoping to learn and make friends, but what I got was so much more than that.  Through my classes and other CHA activities, I gained deep insights into the world around me.  More importantly, I developed some of the most rich, life-changing relationships at CHA. ~ Kaitlyn Burd

CHA was one of the best experiences of my life, it has prepared me for college, allowed me to meet new people, and opened a gateway to my future. ~ Alex Jewell

CHA has been such a rewarding experience.  I never thought I’d be able to meet so many great people, learn so many new things, or have so many unique experiences here.  I wouldn’t trade these past three weeks for anything. ~ Victoria Baker

CHA made me feel more prepared for college; but, more importantly, it showed me the value of surrounding myself with people who will bring out the best in me.  I can’t recommend CHA enough to anyone who likes being challenged and being around intelligent, open-minded people. ~ Andrew Mogan

CHA was very good. I didn’t much care for the options and stuff, but the atmosphere is amazing.  Everyone was the most friendly people I’ve met and the food is amazing. ~ Wayne Kunkel

I’ll never forget the times I had or the friends I made at CHA. ~ Airielle Drane

This place is great.  You get to make new friends, get college credit, and experience some of the freedom you will get in a year. ~ Michael Adkisson

There is absolutely nothing else like CHA.  The faculty is so involved in the program that you really become a family.  To say that this was a “home away from home” would be a huge understatement. ~ Cody Ferrantino

CHA has been a life changing experience.  From meeting all of the new people and learning interesting things in class to living in a dorm and making decisions for myself, it has all been one of the best experiences that I have ever had. ~ Samantha Flamm

Talk to everyone and take part in class! Carpe Diem! ~ Amanda Sapata

CHA was the happiest time of my life. I met so many fun and interesting people. CHA pushed me to the limit, but the challenges made me want to work harder. I thought and talked about things I never thought I would. I really did not want to leave at the end. The friendships I made at CHA will last forever. ~ Melissa Donnermeyer

Awesome! One of the most amazing experiences of my life. Has helped me grow so much. Don’t regret coming here. So worth it. ~ Caren Reason

When you first arrive at CHA, remember to keep an open mind. This program is full of students all in the same situations in life and this experience will begin the same for all. You may be alone for the first five minutes, but by the end you will be searching across campus for a dark place to hide from all of those who know you. This is an academic program, but it is much more than that. A bonding experience. A place to chill before senior year. A place to make friends that you will stay up all night with. A place to escape your parents. And especially a place to grow as an individual. ~ Heather Knippel

Not going to CHA is missing out on the experience of a lifetime. CHA is Beast. ~ Carolina Covington

I was skeptical about going away for three weeks to surround myself with strangers. I kept getting mail about how CHA will change my life. The three weeks at CHA really have changed my life. It has taught me about keeping priorities straight. It has also taught me to speak up and get to know everyone I possibly can. ~ Sandy Pham

CHA was a wonderful experience. I tried new things, met new people, and discovered new talents. I’m thankful I received this opportunity and I will never, ever, forget my time here. ~ Sharilyn Owens

One of the best experiences of my life, I know it was life changing. ~ Tayler Wright

I am so glad I decided to come to CHA. This was an amazing experience, and I met many wonderful people. ~ Sarah Reynolds

At CHA, I learned to trust people more. There were friends who would listen to me and help me. This program has changed my life. ~ Jacob Hunerkoch

I never thought that I’d get this close to so many people in such a short time. It was the best experience in my life! ~ Emma Sanders

CHA is a life changing experience. You meet so many new friends and you grow so close. I think I’m closest to the people and leaders in my seminar. I definitely recommend it for others. ~ Jessica Dennis

Providing a new prospective on the world around us. ~ Ryan Russell

CHA has been one of the best experiences in my life. Even if you have doubts, you should still attend. You will regret it. ~ Rachel Finke

CHA was a life changing experience. Attending CHA was the best decision of my high school career. ~ Corey Geiger

CHA is an opportunity worth seizing. Not only does it teach you educational lessons, but life lessons as well. Definite two thumps up. ~ Leslie Harper

CHA is a lot of hard work, but it’s definitely worth the people you meet and the time away from home. ~ Megan Allbritten

CHA is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did I learn to think and look at the world in new ways. I learned to examine the way other people do this as well. My teachers, fellow students, and the faculty helped me learn these vital things. CHA gives me hope for the future because I know my generation has amazing leaders who will all add great things to the world. ~ Kelly Johnson

CHA is a place to grow and develop. 3 weeks fly by and you are a different person. It is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. ~ Andrew Cude

CHA was one of the best experiences of my life!! I enjoyed every moment of my time here. CHA helped me grow as a person and challenged me in ways that had never been done before, I loved everything and I wish I could come back again. ~ Julie Wiseheart

CHA was an experience I will never forget. Like everything, it has its ups and downs but in the end it was all worth it. It is a once in a lifetime experience that only a select few get the chance to have. The entire program is most definitely worth giving up a little summer free time. ~ Tori Meyer

CHA has been one of the most preparing college experiences of my life. If given the chance I would do it again. I can’t wait to apply to be an RC. ~ Matthew Bailey

If you are a person who is shy and reserved, this experience will make you feel more open. This has been one of the best experiences of my life. ~ Torie Ramlose

CHA has been one of the most exhilarating events of my life! I have enjoyed everything about it, and I wish that it was offered to us again! ~ Hannah Baker

CHA is one of the greatest, if not the most greatest, academic programs I have ever attended. You really do get the college feel and the independence you have is a powerful feeling and responsibility. I never thought I could meet people that were so nice, funny, and be serious about work all at the same time. The staff and faculty are hilarious with their own cool personality and that made the experience better. After this, I can’t go back to high school but I want to start college right away. There’s no doubt others have this feeling as well and I hope people will consider to keep signing up for this. ~ Eqypt Crider

Handicapped students need not worry; they take excellent care of you here! – Tori Pierpoint

This was the shortest three weeks of my life! The friends I made here I will cherish for a lifetime! - Kenny Martin

CHA was the best time of my life. It’s definitely a life changing experience - Casey Brewer

It was amazing. I would gladly give my whole summer if it was possible.  This will probably have been my favorite thing I have done all summer when summer ends. –Vicki Herde

The Commonwealth Honors Academy is so unique because it provides students with the opportunity to meet and interact with others that share similar interests. I will never forget my time here at CHA and hope that others take advantage of this amazing experience - Julia Buck

Thanks CHA, you have positively (albeit at times quite uniquely) influenced my life. I feel an increased social and academic confidence because I have made so many enduring relationships and discoveries through my experience here. - Lisa Xia

CHA is a life changing experience. It is so much fun. I have gained so much from attending CHA.-mary Kate Pummer

It was the best three weeks of summer I’ve had. - Jacob Moore

Come to  CHA no matter how much you may think you will hate it! I promise you once you get here it will be a completely different story. You’ll make incredible friends and have amazing memories you’ll remember forever. You’ll also learn more in the classes than you ever thought possible in 3 weeks and you’ll love the way they are taught. It goes by much faster than you think and by the end you won’t want to go home no matter how much you miss your cat and boyfriend.-Amanda Baker

Attending CHA has been the best and most rewarding experience of my life.  I would not have traded those 3 weeks for anything! –Krista Koehler

CHA was a great growing experience. The faculty is nice and fun but I as also able to make new friends. Classes were hard but well worth it.- Rachel Blalock

CHA is more than a camp. It is full of exciting, challenging, and fun experiences. The people you meet will encourage and guide you.  CHA is an Academy; the craziest, most fun and exhilarating thing you could ever do with 3 weeks of your summer.- Ryan Knight

CHA will be the greatest summer you will ever experience!- Allie Johnston

CHA was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed it a lot.  It helped me grow as an individual and the bond I formed with many people was wonderful.  It taught me a lot about college and things I should expect.  If I had the opportunity to repeat this program I would. ~ Kelsey Baetzel

My decision to attend CHA was one of the most worthwhile decisions of my life so far.  I cannot stress how wonderful my time here has been. ~ Melissa Sharpe

CHA was a fun experience.  I made new friends, learned new skills, and learned more in my three weeks of class than I have in my three years of high school. ~ Hannah Musser

CHA has prepared me for college life.  It has made me more self confident and I didn’t want to leave. ~ Amanda Reynolds

CHA has been life altering in a good way. ~Todd McAnelly

CHA was one of the funnest [sic] summers of my life. ~ John Fallon

CHA has the best faculty and staff that you will never ever find anywhere else, and the opportunity to be with them is reason enough to do whatever it takes to get in. ~ Benton Garrison

CHA was the most amazing experience of my life.  I have learned so much about myself and the world these past three weeks.  I would stay all summer if I could! ~ Kayla Bearden

CHA helped me come out of my shell, look at the world a different way, and make friends to last a lifetime! ~ Susan Woodburn

CHA provided me with an amazing summer.  The people I have met have become such a large part of my life in only three short weeks.  It took a big leap of faith to come here, but I am so glad that I decided to make that jump.  As corny as it sounds, CHA really was life-altering. ~ Samantha Anderson

CHA is a positively superb experience.  You go in nervous and leave with a handful of new, super cool friends, a vast knowledge in something new, and things to laugh about for the next ten years. ~ Maggie Langston

This is definitely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.  The bonds you make with the people around you are so … awesome. ~ Ashley McCloughan

For those that are quiet and shy, don’t worry.  You WILL make friends. ~ Rachael Mason

CHA was a life-changing experience.  I learned more about myself than I ever thought was possible.  It is a summer program that I would recommend to anyone. J ~ Carly Hayden

CHA is great; anyone with the opportunity to attend it should do so. ~ Matthew Brennan

It is an experience like none you have ever had before.  It is an opportunity of a lifetime, and everyone should take heed to building the community CHA creates. ~ Kara Berry

My CHA experience was great.  It allowed me to meet a ton of cool people I hope to stay friends with after I leave here.  ~ Mike Booth

The friends you make a CHA are lifelong.  They are people you will love and remember until the day you die.  The lessons you gain will not wither, but become a part of you, an inseparable fiber of your being.  CHA will enable you to accomplish everything you desire if you take the lessons to heart. ~ Nicholas Enriquez

It is definitely a worthwhile experience.  You get to meet so many types of people, and the college credit is not bad either. ~ Michael Blaydes

CHA was amazing.  I thought it would be stupid, but the people here are so amazing that even the work can be fun. ~ John Craven

Even if you having doubts about applying, do so anyway.  I was forced into coming and was sure I would hate it.  The first few days were miserable.  I know absolutely how hard it can be.  Those feelings disappeared as CHA progressed.  Everyone there is great, and despite all my doubts CHA was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I  love it. ~ Rebecca Garth

CHA is intense, but it worth the intensity. ~ Thomas Turner

CHA has been an experience that I will never forget.  You become so close to all the people here, and you really have no idea how hard it is to leave it all behind.  CHA is an experience that will stick with me for the rest of my life as well as all the friends I made! ~ Desiree Reese

CHA is a life-changing experience.  Even though I learned so much on the academic level, it was the people I met who were the most amazing.  CHA is one of the greatest things I have ever done, and I would not take anything for the experience I have had. ~ Mason Denton

CHA is a great program and great opportunity.  I absolutely love it; it was more fun than I expected.  The people and staff are amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at CHA.  Actually, I wish it had lasted longer. ~ Bethany Streuter

This has been one of the best experiences in my life.  I have made many strong friendships and learned so much.  I know I have grown in these three weeks: intellectually, emotionally, and socially.  CHA has greatly affected my life. ~ Katrina Brundage

Commonwealth Honors Academy was one of the best experiences in my life.  During the three weeks, you create unforgettable memories and lasting friends, and somewhere during the hectic three weeks, you realize you’ve discovered something new about yourself. ~ Karlee Alexander

This is the best college prep experience, as it allows students to learn not just the curriculum but also important lessons about themselves. ~ Jessa Hawkins

CHA has been one of the best experiences of my life!  I will never forget this place or the people I’ve met here. ~ Abby Faust

CHA was a great experience.  It changed my life by teaching me to be an individual, to think about my opinion and to help others.  I have learned more in these three weeks than I think I have in my entire school career.  This was an awesome experience and I will always keep the memories and knowledge I gained here. ~ Jacqlyn Murdock

Making the decision to apply began a journey that changed my life.  Commonwealth Honors Academy taught me more in three weeks than my three years in high school has. ~ Chelsey Stamps

CHA will kick your ass, but it is completely worth the kicking to come here.~ Josh Boarman

CHA was the best summer I have ever had.  Even though it is school work, they make it fun! ~ Alyssa Cecil

CHA is a great way to prepare for college.  It simulates every aspect, including academic difficulty and time management. ~ Whitney Vaughn

CHA has been the most exciting thing I’ve ever done.  It helped me to grow socially and intellectually.  I’ve made new friends that have made this positive experience worth giving up three weeks out of my summer.  CHA is definitely worth it.  I’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. ~ Rachel Martin

CHA has been a very unique and important journey of self-discovery for me.  I would highly recommend it to any family or friend that asked.  It was an amazing social experience. ~ Dylan Benningfield

CHA is a life changing experience. ~ Clay Willis

CHA, how can I describe it?  It is one of the most intellectually enriching programs.  I’m glad I’m a GSP reject.  Now I can say, I’m a CHA graduate, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. ~ June Clark







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