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The King’s College, NYC, to Host High School Summer Academy Online in July with Seven Tracks Including Journalism, Finance and Legal Studies


The King’s College in New York City is hosting three week-long summer sessions in July for high school students to earn college credit studying with faculty and industry leaders on seven different course tracks including finance, journalism and legal studies.

Each week includes interactive classes with professors and field-trip style sessions virtually exploring New York City institutions. The King’s College is a Christian liberal arts college, and professors bring a biblical perspective to their areas of expertise.

This is the college’s seventh year offering Summer Academy and the second year hosting the program virtually. Summer Academy Online is offered at the highly discounted rate of $200 for one week (1 college credit) or $350 for two weeks (2 college credits) and $500 for three weeks (3 college credits). Dates and track options are as follows:

  • July 11–16: Entrepreneurship | Investments and Innovations in Finance
  • July 18-23: American Legal Studies | New York City on Film
  • July 25–30: Sports Journalism | Arts and Culture Reporting | Faith and Finance

Clemente Lisi, track leader for Sports Journalism, will give students hands-on writing experiences to hone their craft, including an examination of how society engages with sports on TV, apps and the Internet as well as in person. This is even more relevant during a year in which pro sports and college sports are adapting to Covid-19. Lisi is a former deputy head of news at The New York Daily News and a sports journalist who covers major league soccer and the World Cup. One element of the course covers the life of Jackie Robinson and features a virtual tour of Brooklyn locations that highlight the famed baseball player. “Robinson is the kind of historical figure who transcends sports. He broke the color barrier to become the first African-American to play in the major leagues in 1947,” Lisi says. “He was also a devout Christian and remains a role model for so many Americans seven decades after he played baseball.” A sportswriter from USA Today will also guest speak to the class. 

Paul Glader, track leader for Arts and Culture Reporting, will take students on a virtual visit to Newsweek magazine and on virtual visits of MoMA, Pace Gallery and other arts institutions in NYC. “The pandemic lockdown has forced museums and galleries to think in new directions,” says Glader, a former reporter at The Wall Street Journal who also edits the award-winning web-site ReligionUnplugged.com. “We’ve even seen an explosion in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are fusing art and collectible products with the boom in digital currencies.” Students will explore these digital trends and consider how it will shape the future of the art world. They will discuss NYC as a hub of book publishing, fashion, art, film / tv, music and many other parts of culture. They will also consider how Christians can think about and approach culture. And they consider how Christians are working in the world of art and culture at a high level.

In the Faith and Finance track, Dr. Kimberly Reeve and Prof. Michael Hrynuik will lead group activities and discussions to teach students the economics, instruments and institutions of financial markets using New York City as a case study. They will discuss how Biblical principles are applicable to everyday operations at a financial institution. Dr. Reeve has an MBA and a PhD and has worked as a managing director at Cathedral Consulting Group. Hrynuik has an MBA from Yale University and has worked in finance at Lehman Brothers, MUFG Securities and Queensboro Capital. “We start with the very roots of capitalism in New York City,” Dr. Reeve says. They plan to cover an overview of money from seashells and gold to cryptocurrency. And Hrynuik says they aim to help students answer the question: “Is it possible to be a Christian leader within the world of financial services and to find a way to glorify God?”

Students can apply and submit their enrollment fee at https://www.tkc.edu/admissions/summer-academy/. Early applications are due by June 15.

The King’s College (www.tkc.edu) is a Christian liberal arts college in New York City’s Financial District founded in 1938. It chooses to engage American culture at its heart, providing students with opportunities they won’t find elsewhere. The College’s Core Curriculum gives students a robust intellectual foundation for principled leadership throughout society. Under the mentorship of its faculty, students learn to seamlessly integrate their faith and morality into their lives and careers. King’s is not a college for the faint of heart — it calls students to be good, brave and ready.