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'Most Academically Talented' Freshman Class Welcomed to Campus

Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 [11:50 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College's A.P. White Campus was decorated in blue, white and black Saturday as the liberal arts college's faculty and staff officially welcomed members of the Class of 2018.

Although several hundred students began to move into the college's residence halls earlier in the month, the official welcome ceremony was held Saturday. College officials expect more than than 1,150 students to live on campus in 2014-15. That will increase Columbia's population by about 25 percent for the next nine months.

A record 1,145 lived on campus last school year. College officials will know the school year's final overall enrollment next month.

This year's freshman class is one of the larger ones in the college's 111-year history, and LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said it is also the "most academically talented class this college has ever known."

Speaking to the freshmen Saturday afternoon at the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, Luckey said members of the Class of 2018 will begin an exciting chapter in their lives when the fall semester begins Wednesday, Aug. 20.

"You are going to accomplish some amazing things together and also as individuals," said Luckey, who has been the college's eighth president since 1998. "You will win national championships together; you will travel across this country together and to other countries as well; you will sing and act and make music together; you will feed the homeless, volunteer in daycare and afterschool programs together; you will laugh, you will cry, you will grieve and you will celebrate together; you will walk across the commencement stage on Saturday, May 12, 2018, together as the most distinguished class this college has ever known."

Freshmen Corinna Benningfield of Lebanon, Ky., Cayci Crabtree of Monticello, Ky., and Callie Fulkerson of Lexington, Ky., were among the LWC freshmen who moved into the residence halls early. They arrived on campus Aug. 10 to begin marching band practice.

Fulkerson, who is roommate with Crabtree in Jerry and Kendrick McCandless Hall, said she "definitely likes the RA's (resident advisers) because they are very open."

"It's a very welcoming place. I like the openness of everything," she said.

Although many freshmen who moved into residence halls on Saturday arrived on campus as early as 8 a.m. CT, roommates Taylor Combs of Corbin, Ky., and Chris Franklin of Madisonville, Ky., didn't roll into campus until later in the morning. Franklin arrived around 10:30 a.m. CT with his parents, Wesley and Amy Lynn; Combs and his twin brother, Austin, arrived around noon CT with their parents, Joey and Treva.

The two freshmen met for the first time when they moved into their Parrot Hall. If unpacking came easy for both of them, saying goodbye to their parents later in the day was a bit more difficult.

"Of course the parents be sad was difficult, but everything else went very smooth," Combs said. "Everyone was really helpful. The moment we stepped out of the car there were four or five people there to help us."

Combs said that even after he, his brother and Franklin said goodbye to their parents, they continued to hear from them throughout the day.

"Both of our parents have been lighting up our phones since they left," Combs said.

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