High Mountain Institute Kicks off 33rd Semester
The 33rd semester for High Mountain Institute (HMI) got underway on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at their campus located west of Leadville. You may have seen HMI’s blue and white buses as they rolled through town on their way to campus to start the new semester.
Each year, two Lake County High School (LCHS) students are awarded full scholarships to attend HMI. Jordan Sanchez received the scholarship for the fall semester, and Charlie Koch will attend the HMI semester next spring.
LCHS junior Jordan Sanchez joined 48 HMI students, making it the largest class ever! This semester’s class includes students from 19 states, 38 different high schools, and two countries – welcome to Leadville!
While at HMI, Sanchez and her classmates will backpack through the Sawatch Range on three, 12-day wilderness expeditions. On the trail, the students study the human connection to the natural world, and learn new leadership skills. The group also takes college-preparatory academic classes in English, science, history, math, and foreign language at HMI.
The High Mountain Institute was founded in the spirit of combining wilderness and intellectual pursuits. Their programs combine academic learning with wilderness skills, travel,and connecting to the natural world. For more information, visit their website: LINK.