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MC Hosts 2008 Super Summer

July 18, 2008

Mississippi College's Super Summer camp is a blessing to Tupelo High grads Sarah Servanti, Lauren Cassilly and Nathan Nunnelee.

Members of the Class of 2008, the trio from Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo are also among dozens on the Purple Team at Super Summer. The purple color notes they've started coming to the Christian camp at the Baptist-affiliated university since they've been ninth graders. They hope to return to summer camp on the Clinton campus in 2009.

"We learn to serve others," Servanti, 19, said on a steamy Thursday, hours before hundreds of MC campers started the journey home. "Christ was the greatest example of a servant. He served us."

Servanti will soon take the next step on her trip to serve others. She plans to enroll as a freshman at the University of Mississippi in August as a psychology major. She wants to be a counselor after earning her Ole Miss degree.

Cassilly, 18, will take a different path as a freshman this fall at Mississippi State University. But she, Sarah and Nathan are all in agreement - the five days of time at MC devoted to Bible study, recreation and fellowship was well worth every moment.

"This has been really satisfying," Cassilly said. "God's good. He blesses you."

The Super Summer Camp marks its 21st season. For more than two decades, the Christian camp sponsored by the Mississippi Baptist Convention has provided direction to young people and equipped them with leadership skills. At the same time, they had fun - from playing Frisbee on the MC Quad to a dip in the pool to shooting hoops at the Baptist Healthplex.

"This camp is so different - it is centered around making you a disciple," Nathan Nunnelee said. He and other campers found plenty of guidance from adults making the trip. One who pitched in as a volunteer nurse all week from her health station at Nelson Hall was his mother, Tori Nunnelee, who grew up in Clinton.

Nathan Nunnelee will soon follow in the footsteps of his father, Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, when he leaves home for Starkville to attend Mississippi State, the senator's alma mater. Sen. Nunnelee is also a trustee at 182-year-old MC, the nation's second-oldest Baptist college.

As campers hugged one another, and said their goodbyes Friday, Sarah Servanti is already looking forward to next summer. She hopes to return to Super Summer in 2009. "We want to grow."

Super Summer is one of a slew of camps on the Clinton campus - from basketball to soccer, from cheerleading to music. MC is hosting 10,000 campers from 14 states this summer, up slightly from a year ago.

For more information on Super Summer, contact the Mississippi Baptist Convention at 601-968-3800.

PHOTO: Purple Team poses for a quick picture.

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