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Class of 2017 includes national champions, scholars, adventurers, more

First-year class features students with varied interests, accomplishments

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Incoming first-year students enjoyed their adventure orientation The Summit before they start classes Monday, Sept. 2.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Take a national taekwondo champion, a national cheerleader champion and a nationally ranked equestrian, add in a dancer who performed with the Joffrey Ballet and someone who performed at the Lincoln Center, and sprinkle in a few skydivers and marathoners, a volunteer firefighter and someone who ran with the bulls in Pamplona, and what do you have?

The Wofford College Class of 2017 – that’s what.

This week, the college welcomed 416 first-year students and 19 transfer students as they prepare for classes to start on Monday, Sept. 2.

The 435 incoming students represent 27 states and five countries. Wofford’s 1,600-strong student body represents 37 states and 19 countries.

The college’s Admission Office compiles a first-year class profile each year of the incoming class, including tidbits of interesting information about the class in general and about individuals who make up the class.

“We ask students to tell us about their accomplishments in the application, and we collect a list of the impressive, interesting and unusual things we learn about them,” Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment, says.

Stille shares these facts about the Class of 2017:

• 17 were student body presidents in high school
• 1 in 23 was valedictorian or salutatorian in high school
• 29 earned the rank of Gold Award or Eagle Scout
• 23 were editors of their high school newspaper, yearbook or literary magazine
• 156 were captain of a sports team
• 70 signed national letters of intent to participate in athletics
• 46 percent were from the top 10 percent of their high school class
• 25 are the first in their families to attend college

He also notes that the Class of 2017 includes:

• A national taekwondo champion
• A national achievement scholar
• Multiple advanced placement scholars
• The International Junior Civitan of the Year
• The National Youth Advocate of the Year for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
• An all-American wrestler
• A national champion cheerleader
• A nationally ranked equestrian
• A student who has performed at the Lincoln Center
• A student who danced with the Joffrey Ballet
• A student who performed for Pope Benedict in Rome

The class includes some adventurers – they include students who:

• Hiked 700 miles on the Appalachian Trail
• Are a marathoner, a triathlete and an ultra-marathoner
• Are skydivers (multiple students)
• Completed the Gump Project, running more than 2,000 miles in a year to raise awareness about childhood obesity
• Is a volunteer firefighter
• Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain