MARIANNA, Fla - Most high school students spend their spring break off campus, but one group of Marianna teenagers couldn't stay away from school.
Members of the Jackson County Omega Lamplighters spent part of their week touring some of the most prestigious universities in Massachusetts.
The Omega Lamplighters is an auxiliary of Omega Psi Phi, a fraternity of which the Executive Director LaDray Gilbert is a member.
"They had an opportunity to participate in the New England Science Symposium, that's sponsored by Harvard Medical School, and they were invited back this year," said Gilbert.
Nearly two weeks ago during spring break, Gilbert and some of four of the teens toured some of Boston's best schools.
"You know it's something I really want to do, and me going into the Medical field," said Malone High School Senior, and Lamplighters President Cameron Williams.
"They got a chance to go over to Boston College. They got a chance to play in the snow, and you know have a couple of ice fights and things like that - you know, things that we're not accustomed to here in Florida," said Gilbert.
For Marianna High School sophomore Lamarion Bell, this trip was also an accomplishment.
The trip requires a 3.5 GPA, his was once at a 2.5 GPA.
"My GPA came up to a 3.5, praying for a plane ticket, and Mr. LaDray said I was lying, and so I showed my GPA, then he said 'wow!' it really did come up," said Bell.
"I never been up there, I like to tour colleges a lot. It gives me a chance. It motivates me and say my dreams can really come true," added Bell.
"Hopefully at a young age these guys will have an opportunity to just expand their minds and know exactly what's out there," said Gilbert.
The Lamplighters will also host its annual banquet to benefit the organization on April 21st, on Friday.
The banquet will be held at the Marianna Rivertown Community Church at 7 p.m.
For more information on how to purchase a ticket, visit http://www.jclamplighters.org/
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