Governor's School students at Radford University took a break from their studies Wednesday night for some sweet indulgence.
President Penelope W. Kyle hosted the young scholars in the Hurlburt Student Center at an ice cream social. They represent some of the brightest high school students from throughout the Commonwealth.
This is the fifth year the university has been selected to host Governor's School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts.
"We just want to say how great we think you all are," Kyle said. "We are so proud to have you here. I know that your families are proud that you were selected for this program, and we're every bit as proud to have you join us here at Radford University."
Students are now more than halfway through their summer of study. On Wednesday, as they slurped down cold treats, they reminisced about what they've learned and what they're going to miss when classes conclude next week.
Rising senior Liz Rathburn from Hylton High School in Woodbridge is taking a mixture of courses in movies, peace conflict and comedy. Classes, taught by RU faculty and guest instructors, aren't just normal, note-taking lectures, Liz said, "I feel like I'm really engaged."
"I think this is how college really works and runs," Liz said. "I've met a lot of great people, and I feel like I've become a more well-rounded person because of it."
The last day of class is July 19, and Liz said she is excited to go home and see her parents, but "I'm going to miss all these people."
"If I could combine the two worlds, I probably would," she added.