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June 20th, 2015 Experience

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Saturday July 11th, 2015

 “The trip of a lifetime, would do it every summer, and would give up anything to do it again” –Nathan Hill (Rockwell)

"Twb has shown me that America is just as diverse as anywhere in the world. Why go through all the trouble to travel outside the country when there's beauty in your backyard?" Faith Blume (Salisbury)

“I can’t believe I’ve made so many friends that I can keep for a lifetime.” –Kristen DeBerry (Monroe)

“TWB is a life changing experience that allows you to make 82 life long friends/family.” –Sidney Teeter (Mooresville)

“TWB has shown me both the beauty in the country and 80 amazing people.” -Hannah Gatlin (Mooresville)

“It’s crazy how quickly you gain a better sense of yourself and more respect for your country during the 23 days of TWB.” –Parker Norman (Mooresville)

“TWB impacted my life in various ways and exposed how much we all really take for granted.” –Kassidy Hamrick (Kings Mountain)

“The teens (and counselors) from this trip taught me a lot of lessons, but my favorite one is what it means to be a true friend and they gave me 81 new true friends that I can depend on.” –Ania Rezpka (Tega Cay)

“This was the trip of a lifetime, something I will cherish for as long as I live.” –Caroline Smith (Belmont)

“Teens Westward Bound is a trip that lets you learn, grow, and experience the US while learning how to carry yourself as an individual letting you truly learn you own opinions, morals, values, and self value.” –Tucker Key (Moorseville)

“Once in a lifetime experience that I will forever be thankful to Dennis, Grant, my counselors and my family for giving it to me.” –Rob Mitchell (Union)

“This experience not only opens your mind to what America has to offer, but what you have to offer America.” –Bailey Recktenwald (Durham)

“I saw the best places America has to offer while becoming a family with the best people America has to offer. I’m so thankful for TWB for giving me this opportunity.” –Sloan Burch (Sanford)

“If you’re looking for to get a new start during your summer, along with life long friendship, TWB is for you.” –Morgan Blanton (Gaffney)

“My TWB experience was something I never expected and how I couldn’t imagine not doing this. I made not only so close friends but 80 brothers and sisters for life.” –Liz Riddle (Greensboro)

“TWB is the greatest experience for any individual, you truly find yourself and make life long friends.” –Mary Claire Sumner (Beaufort)

“Live by the moment and don’t take anything for granted. Life’s short, so live and make it long.” –Macie Beam (Cherryville)

“This is a trip of a lifetime that allows you to discover yourself, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.” –Taylor Leatherman

“It has been the most amazing experience of my life.” –Haley Mauldin (Belmont)

“The TWB experience has been so unforgettable and memorable and has been an eye opener from God. It was so amazing to see His perfect creation in this way.” –Matthew Wehrly (Sanford)

“The TWB experience has been amazing. Meeting 83 new friends and continue to communicate throughout my life is amazing.” –Blake Condron (Mooresville)

“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast.” –Megan Williams (Cherryville)

“This trip brought me closer to the beauty of God’s creation all around us and within us.” –Annie Bradley (Gastonia)

“One of the best experiences of my life.” –Grant Royster (Mooresville)

“TWB has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and has given me some great friends and memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for the opportunity to become apart of the TWB family.” –Madelyn McNeely (Stony Point)

“TWB has definitely been one of the best things I’ve EVER done and I’m so glad that I got to experience America with 83 of my best friends.” –Caroline Bounds (Laurinburg)

“I would do it all again in a heart beat.” –Vanessa Vanslambrook (Clover)

“You will never truly understand the TWB experience until you have lived it yourself.” –Emily Williamson (Monroe)

“Amazing, I have a new family.” –Croker Barker (Gastonia)

“Best decision/trip I’ve ever had.” –Josh Helton (Kings Mountain)

“Honestly, one of the best things that has happened to me. The Deatons are a blessing.” -Emma Lambeck (Iron Station)

“Went in as strangers, came out as a family.” –Tanner McNabb (Salisbury)

“It is for sure a trip of a lifetime and through this experience I have been able to gain a respect for things I previously took for granted.” Amanda Winton (Wilmington)

“If this was described in one word it would be a blessing because trying to describe it to someone it would be impossible, it is life changing in such an amazing way.” –Patience Hunt (Lexington)

“Fantastic experience that I recommend all asked to go.” –Coleman Richard (Mooresville)

“My TWB experience is the best opportunity that I have had because I have never laughed, cried, smiled, and sang so much in my life… and it was amazing.” –Zoe Hambley (Mooresville)

“I’m so thankful that I had this opportunity, it was absolutely amazing in every way to see God’s great creation with people I can call my brothers and sisters.” –Anna Capps (Whiteville)

“TWB has been one of the most challenging, but most rewarding, special, and best experience I have ever had.” –Julia Haynes (Charlotte)

“TWB has not only let me see God’s beautiful creations but has also showed me how blessed I really am.” –Lanie Freeman (Chesterfield)

“For me, TWB has been eye opening to see our country with 80 new brothers and sisters.” –Olivia Price (Monroe)

“It’s changed my outlook on life in general and has molded me into a more mature individual.” –Andelyn Ray (Whiteville)

“This has been the happiest 23 days of my life because of the friendships I made and the places I saw. This trip will always have a large impact on my life.” –Anna Toebbe (Charlotte)

“I learned so much from TWB – learned to let down my walls, love everyone, live everyday to the fullest, and never freedom for granted.” –Elizabeth Gresham (Oxford)

“It was the funnest thing I have ever done. I will never forget all the memories, friends, and family I have gained here. I LOVE TWB!” –Addi Bost (Rockwell)
“Unparalleled to any experience I have or will experience.” –Sarah McConnell (Mooresville)

“The most memorable experience of my life.” –Paul Park (Gastonia)

“Words can’t explain how amazing this trip was to me, once in a lifetime.” –Malcolm Ford (Laurinburg)

“TWB was a scary, exhausting, incredible, and entirely irreplaceable experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.” –Meredith Andrews (Gastonia)

“There is nothing better than TWB, it enabled me to make lifelong friendships and a whole new family.” –Kali Krehnbrink (Denver)

“I had no idea strangers could turn into family so quickly.” –Sam Mozina (Stanley)

“Awkward moments make the best time to tell jokes.” –Hunter Collins (Salisbury)

“Never thought that I would have such a great time with 81 teenagers for 23 days and not get sick of them.” –Anna Hair (Stoneville)

“I’m so glad I got to meet some of the best people in this world, and even more glad that I got to experience this great country with them.” –Jenna Jenkins (Sanford)

“Unique learning experience that taught me about life, love, and myself.” –Lyndi Jenkins (Stanley)

“I’m incredibly grateful that I was able to be a part of this life changing experience.” –Sarah DeArmon (Concord)

“TWB changed the way I view life, it’s an experience that has changed my life completely.” –Dakota Shook (Fort Mill)

“TWB was the best thing I’ve done and has taught me how to be a better person!” –Brianna Dennis (Mooresville)

“TWB has not only opened my eyes to the beauty of this country, but also to the beauty in every person surrounding me.” –Ashton Daniel (Reidsville)

“Before I came on this trip, I accepted the love I though I deserved. Now I’m going back knowing what I deserve.” –Sarah Brookshire (Mt. Holly)

“They say if you do something everyday for 21 days it becomes a habit. After 23 days of laughter, tears, and adventure I’m hooked on TWB.” –India Hartley (Barnwell)

“From the people to the land, America is awesome and I’m glad to have experienced it.” –Nick Deely (Gastonia)

“TWB offered me a chance to experience America in an otherwise impossible manner, I was humbled by God’s creations and feel blessed to have gone on this trip.” –James Anthony (Gastonia)

“Life is not based on the number of breaths you take, but the number of moments that take your breath away and Im glad to of spent some of those moments with my TWB family,” –Dylan Mondy (Sanford)

“The Grand Canyon was the hardest thing that Ive ever done.” –Will Hinson (Gastonia)

“TWB is once in a lifetime opportunity, where you see God’s amazing creation, gain 82 new brothers and sisters and make memories to live in your heart forever.” –Madi Ronnow (MaMa Madi) (Mooresville)

“TWB taught me that there are so mant beautiful things around the country but it is important to be thankful for the moment and what is right in front of you.” –Anna Dellinger (Cherryville)

“Teens Westward Bound was the best experience of my life and I hope future participants enjoy it even more that I did.” –Michael Whiefield (Mooresville)

“TWB is an experience like no other that showed me how small of a person I am in this vast world.” –Katie Ford (Stokesdale)

“Making new friends and getting a new family was the best part of this trip.” –Cross Seller (Laurinburg)

“TWB was a once in a lifetime trip with a whole new family.” –Carson Haynes (Bessemer City)

“TWB is more than just a 23 day experience where you get to appreciate what you have, and the new family you have around you.” –Grace McIntyre (Laurinburg)

“Traveling the west for 23 days with 82 strangers is the best decision I’ve ever made.” –Michaela McKinley (Pinehurst)

“Josh Kerns, whenever I tried to sum up my 23 day journey he is what came to my mind every time, he was only my counselor for a long time but I feel as though. God can only understand our bond.” –Hannah Grace Barker (Madison)

“I never realized before this trip how much the world has to offer you and the amount of amazing people that can become your family and closest friends.”—Morgan Morrissey (Beaufort)

“Perfect Experience”—Gus Purcell (Laurinburg)

“The greatness will not be understood until you are a participant”—Jack Tenbrunsel (Chapin)

“I’m so blessed to have had these experiences and met these people and I can’t wait to look back on these memories that will last forever.”—Emily Holt (Brlington)

“TWB’s one of the most unbelievable and unforgettable experiences in someone’s life.”—Amelia Taylor (Gastonia)

“I’m thankful I went on TWB because it gave me friends and memories that will last a lifetime.”—Sarah Brayboy (Cherryville)


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