Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 19, 2014

Hundreds of students experience BC Winter Blast 2014

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Hundreds of high school students from Virginia and several surrounding states arrived on the campus of Bluefield College Saturday evening for the first day of a two-day event called “Winter Blast 2014.”

After registration in the Dome gymnasium and dinner at Shott Hall, the students got to take in a concert featuring Manic Drive, a Christian rock group from Canada. After a worship service this morning in Harman Chapel, and lunch at Shott Hall, the students will travel to Winterplace Ski Resort for an exciting day on the slopes.

Joslyn Gutierrez, a ninth-grade student from Franklin, Tenn., said this is her first time to try skiing. “I don’t think I’ll be very good at it,” she said. Several young ladies traveling with her from Oak Valley Baptist Church reassured her and said she would be fine. “We don’t really have snow,” she said.

There was plenty of snow on the BC campus with more in the forecast today, and likely a whole lot more in the mountains near Ghent where Winterplace is located. Some of the students found the walk up the hill from the Dome to Shott Hall to be challenging because the street had iced over.

“I’m really excited,” Will Belvin, a seventh-grade student from Mechanicsville, Va., said. He was traveling with a group of about 35 students from Mechanicsville Baptist Church. “This is my first time on a winter church trip.”

This year marked the fourth year that Shane Faircloth had brought a group of students to the BC Winter Blast. Faircloth is the youth pastor at the Thalia Lynn Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va.

“It’s a great way to expose high school students to life is like on a Christian college campus,” Faircloth said. “I have found that they come here to enjoy the fun and fellowship and leave with a better understanding of God.”

Faircloth said that one of the three high school students who traveled with him to Winter Blast 2013 enrolled at BC and is now a Christian studies student. “I can see him being called into the ministry,” he said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com