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Alabama Campers Visit Centrifuge at MC

Twenty-nine students and a half-dozen parents from First Baptist Church in Hartselle, Ala. learned about God and each other during a life-changing five days of summer camp at Mississippi College.

The Alabama delegation is part of a parade of 10,000 summer campers at the Christian university in Clinton.

Junior high and high school students from Hartselle, about 20 miles from Huntsville, made the trip. They were on the MC campus for a Christian camp known as Centrifuge.

"Youth and adults discovered the secrets of God through Bible studies, recreation, and individualized tracks in a wild uproarious adventure," said Donna Rushen, one of the parent youth leaders. Joining her on the trip in late June were two sons, Brian and Brandon. It was Donna's first visit to a Centrifuge camp. Last year, she and other members from her north Alabama church attended summer camp in North Carolina.

The students flocking to MC for summer camps come from 14 states, including Alabama, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The camps are also a good recruiting tool for the 4,600-student university. Some of the summer campers end up enrolling as undergraduates at MC located a few miles from Jackson, Mississippi's capital city.

Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the nation's second oldest Baptist college.