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June 16th, 2008 Experience

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Tuesday August 19th, 2008


 Final Thoughts

“It was well worth the awkward first four days, now I can truly appreciate America because I have actually seen and experienced almost all of it! It ROCKED! (And so did Dennis)” – Katie Poole Buffalo, SC

“This was definitely the trip of a lifetime! I am so glad and thankful that I was able to be a part of the amazing journey out west.” - Paul Greer Union, SC

“I am so glad I went on TWB because I saw/did things that I would have never done in my life. Twb has changed me a lot, all for the better.” – Arika Greer Apex, NC

“ I only wish I could explain my new view on life but it would be impossible to put on paper, but for those who have been on the trip I don’t need to explain, for they have experienced the same transformation” – Alex White Gastonia, NC

“TWB has been a great stepping stone in my life and I will carry all the things I learned on this trip for the rest of my life” – Scottie Sigmon Gastonia, NC

“Best trip I have ever been on. Glad I got to come” - Hunter Davis Union, SC

“TWB is a great thing, I can honestly say that TWB has changed my outlook on life and has made me appreciate what I have and my country” – Garret Whitley Rolesvillle, NC

“TWB has changed my life a lot, I have learned to not take things so seriously, and I thought I had everything figured out before, but now I feel totally different. I loved every day of it.” - Charlie Bergman Gastonia, NC

“TWB has helped me make new friends and also bond with them, America is a more beautiful place that you can ever imagine” – Nick Hunt Laurinburg, NC

“TWB has taught me that life is so much bigger that a little renky dink town in NC, it has given me a chance to meet new people” – Bradley Joyce Stoneville, NC

“TWB has shown me many new places and new people that Cherryville doesn’t have to offer” - Ethan Crocker Cherryville, NC

“ It was definitely the experience of a lifetime, I t allowed me to see the entire country and appreciate living in North Carolina, it was so much fun, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.” - Kristin Smith Brown Summit, NC

“ This trip overall has changed my life for the better, it has helped me find what kind of person I am, it was amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing about it” – Parker Beam Laurinburg, NC

“This trip was totally amazing, I had so much fun making new friends and seeing America. I recommend everyone to go on this trip!” - Hillary Best Laurinburg, NC
“This trip was the experience of a lifetime and I'm glad I got to come. It was great meeting all these new friends and traveling across America with them.” – Anna Urie Laurinburg, NC

“WOW! Where do I begin? Without a doubt this trip has been the BEST ever! I truly admire the Teens Westward bound program. I’m so glad that I have gotten to be a part of this experience!” – Hannah Yarbrough Laurinburg, NC

“The first couple of days were really sucky days, I couldn’t figure out how people like this, once I got to meet new people I began to enjoy myself more.” – Amanda Roth Mooresville, NC

“ This trip has been an experience I will never forget, I have never been able to open up to people this quickly, I am so grateful that I have met these people that will hopefully become lifelong friends”
– Ben Clark Gastonia, NC

“TWB will be a memory that will never fade the places and people will always have a place in my heart. Everybody on this trip is awesome and I will always LOVE them!” – Kris Euchner Gastonia, NC

T-dub was a breathtaking experience. It changed my life forever. I will never forget the friends, the views or the overall experience I witnessed on TWB” – Dawson Stott Lexington, NC

“TWB has changed my life; I never thought I would go back home with 85 new best friends and a greater appreciation of our BEAUTIFUL country! I wish I could turn the bus around and start all over. TWB is AMAZING!” – Mary Tate Laurinburg, NC

“Teens Westward Bound was a life changing experience for me. The people I met have become best friends and family rather than “strangers” like on day one. This trip has made me appreciate the land God has blessed us with.” – Hartley Davis Gastonia, NC

This trip has changed my entire life and let me see a new side of people that I would have missed out on if I had decided not to come. It’s been the most hysterical, illuminating, tiring, outrageous, exhausting, and happiest trip of my life!” – Sarah McGrath Madison, NC

“TWB has changed my life. I have never met so many great people in just 23 days; I will never forget the memories that were made on TWB.” – Ariel Burgoon Gastonia, NC

“This trip has certainly been an opportunity of a lifetime. Every place we went, I felt as if I never wanted to leave. The friends I have made a long the way I know will never fade because they know exactly how truly incredible TWB was.” – Singer Crawford Mooresville, NC

“This trip was the most fun I have ever had. I have made so many new friends and will never forget the things that I did. TWB is the greatest thing that I have ever done.” – Canaan Taylor Statesville, NC

“TWB was a huge fun time, even though I can now claim to the most bug bites I’ve ever had at once. Also, I made a lot of great friends, which my mom might hate because my favorite people are from the Mooresville/ Statesville area. Also, the burnt macaroni dishes were great fun to wash.”
–Brittany Pittman Linden, NC

“I really enjoyed this trip! Seeing America really made me be happy to live in such a pretty country. TWB was a blast!!!” –Molly Markley Mooresville, NC

“TWB is the most amazing experience in one’s lifetime. The gorgeous scenery is well worth the trip, but what makes the trip phenomenal are the memories and friendships of the participants and counselors. I am so thankful to have gone on this trip with these people”. –Colby Tharpe Hodges, SC

“TWB has been one of the most blessed experiences of my life. It has enabled me to discover new friends, America, but most importantly myself. It has enhanced my love for life, love for myself, and love for God and appreciation for today. I will be forever grateful to Denis Deaton, V., and all the counselors for granting me such a rare opportunity”. –Ashton Schumpert Chapin, SC

“This amazing experience has changed my life in a way I could never have imagined. It’s a once in a lifetime chance and I’m so happy I got mine! I love TWB and everything it has to offer”. –Ellen Gregory Union, SC

“The things we got to do on this trip are sometimes a once in a lifetime opportunity. This trip has been so great and saying goodbye to these new friends I have made is going to be so hard. I would love, love, love to do it over and over again”. – Julie Holman Gastonia, NC

“TWB has been an amazing experience that I never want to end. I am so thankful for this opportunity and not for one second will I ever take it for granted”. - Lindsay Connolly Union, SC

“TWB is the best vacation I’ve ever been on. Not because it’s relaxing (because it’s not), but because it’s fun, laid back, and uptight all at the same time. I want to go home and take every person, picture and joke with me.” --Katherine Reese Raleigh, NC

“TWB is the trip of a lifetime. If I could go again I definitely would. I wish everyone I know could get a chance to experience something this awesome. It was a lot of fun getting to know new people, seeing new places, and also seeing life from a different perspective.” –Zeb McSwain Cherryville, NC

“TWB was an awesome experience. It was so much fun meeting new friends and working together to really survive this trip. I will never forget the memories that have happened on this trip from hiking the longest trail in my life at the Grand Canyon to the big booty bus on the first day.” – Kyle Beam Laurinburg, NC

“ You can’t explain TWB unless you have been. It’s going to be hard to talk about TWB and how it’s a life changing trip to your friends because you have to experience it. TWB became the very thing I needed in my life.” –Winston Davis Newport News, VA

“ This trip has definitely changed me in a lot of ways but I think the way it has changed me most is it helped me appreciate what I have at home, especially my bed.” –Dylan Crawford Troutman, NC

“I definitely had high expectations coming on this adventure and still it was 10 times better and more amazing than I ever thought it would be!” –John Yarborough Laurinburg, NC

“ TWB has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and has molded me into a better person and encourages me to live everyday like it’s my last, I now live for TODAY!” –Rip Scott Mt. Ulla, NC

“This trip has been one of the greatest opportunities ever given to me.” – William Carstarphen Belmont, NC

“Words can’t describe how much fun I had on this trip and I hope the friendships last forever.” – Baxter Draughn Gastonia, NC

“This trip was awesome! It helped me find who I really was. I also met friends who will last for a lifetime.” – Thomas Coughenour Laurinburg, NC

“I have had the trip of a lifetime. This will be in my mind forever.” – Katlynn Premo Sanford, NC

“This is a trip of a lifetime and I have enjoyed every minute of it.” – Tanner Smith Raleigh, NC

“T-dub was an awesome way for me to come out of a shell and really find a true me! It was a once in a lifetime experience and with the best people in America!” – Nicole Lee Cheraw, SC

“This trip really is the experience of a lifetime. The staff is really amazing. The friendships are priceless. Thank you Dennis!” – Meghan Kos Mooresville, NC

“This trip has been great. Every moment is different from the last. We cry, laugh, and sing. This trip is a lot of love.” – Anja Wicker Sanford, NC (Egypt)

“It has been the experience of a lifetime. I got to learn a whole lot about other people, and also a lot about myself.” – Alana Ling Greenwood, SC

“This trip has been awesome. Every single second was a good one, even if I was frustrated out of my mind. All of the amazing people here found some way to make me feel better when I was down.” – Lara Hammond Greenwood, SC

“This has been the best trip and I am so glad to have met so many nice people.” - Paul Yarborough Laurinburg, NC

“This trip was the trip of a lifetime. My family grew tremendously on this trip. If I could, I would turn around and start all over again.” – Dylan Westrick Sanford, NC

“It has been a life changing experience and I will miss it.” – Nick Lawrence Pine Hall, NC

“This trip has changed my life in so many different ways. I wish everyone could go and do what I have done.” – Elizabeth Barkely Mooresville, NC

“Never did I expect this trip to change me like it has. Never did I expect to get close to complete strangers as I have. TWB is the most magical thing I have ever experienced.” – Crawford Rhyne Gastonia, NC

“TWB has been a great experience for me. The friendships created on this trip are one’s that I’m sure will last for a lifetime. Traveling across our nation is a once in a lifetime occasion and I’m thankful that I got to experience it with such a great group of people.” – Mary Louise Montgomery Gastonia, NC

“This trip has given me a new outlook on life and given me a chance to try new things and meet people that I might not have talked to.” – Lucy Brown Spencer Gastonia, NC

“This trip has been a once in a lifetime experience and it will definitely be hard to say goodbye. It is like losing a second family.” – Anthony Vitanza Mooresville, NC

“TWB has been amazing. It has been the best experience and opportunity I have had or will ever have.” – Whitney Phillips Indian Trail, NC

“This trip has been the experience of a lifetime. I have made so many new friends that I hope to keep in touch with. I have also changed in a positive way.” – Daniel Piedrahita Raleigh, NC

“TWB had helped me learn more about myself and realize I can do anything I put my mind to. I love, love, love TWB with all of my heart.” – Codie Parks Jonesville, SC

“TWB has been an amazing experience for me…Thank you, Dennis, for choosing me to go on this outstanding trip. I have loved every second of it. From now on I will live for TODAY!” – Corie White Stoneville, NC

“I feel like TWB has changed me for the better. I truly appreciate everything life has given me.” – Katelyn Lee Mooresville, NC

“I think that this is the best trip I have ever been on. I have met the best people ever. I will probably never eat another turkey and cheese sandwich. I will tell everyone about this trip.” – Cole Vaden Mayodan, NC

“I want to thank Dennis and his wonderful staff that provided me with the trip that has completely changed my life forever! TWB cannot be put into words. Until you experience it, you will not be able to understand. TWB was the best 23 days of my life without a doubt.” – Andrea Lane Union, SC

“I’ll always live today like it’s my last day from now on, and I’ll never forget the trip that taught me to do so.” – Vanessa Sillaman Sanford, NC

“This trip was extremely difficult, but totally worth it. It was life changing and eye opening. I met fabulous people that I can’t wait to have other adventures with.” – Jennifer Norris Sanford, NC

“TWB is the trip of a lifetime. I did not get why my brother was so taken with this trip and now I get it. Yes, we went across the US, but much more happened. Thank you for the experience.” – Carri McCann Mooresville, NC

“TWB surpassed my expectations. This trip has been the most amazing experience I have ever had. I was glad I was given this opportunity. I have memories that will last a lifetime.” – Mary Catherine Gensler Gastonia, NC

“I think it was a really fun adventure. I have met really cool and fun people that I will never lose contact with. It was the best 23 days of my life.” – Tyler Gillespie Troutman, NC

“This was an amazing trip, definitely the best I have taken so far. Given the opportunity, there is no doubt I would do it all over again. I have walked away with a new outlook on life and how fortunate I am to live in this beautiful country.” – Genya Kalinina Mooresville, NC

“TWB has been the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I met some of the greatest people and the experience was truly amazing. I learned how to live for today and that is something that will never leave me.” –Katie Burch McLeansville, NC

“This trip was not just about seeing America, it was about finding out who you are. I did. This is the best experience ever and I wish everybody could do it.” –Zachary Bingham Cherryville, NC

“You get to experience many of God’s creations. Now, what matters is what you will do with those experiences and how you will share it with the world and yourself.” – Stephen Odom Lexington, NC

“When you look back on the trip and think about the places you have seen, the people you have met, and the things you have experienced, you realize that you will never have another chance to do those things again. It has been an experience of a lifetime.” – Clark Maness Sanford, NC

“Never let good enough be good enough. I lived for every moment on this trip. It was great!” – Kelsey Swiney Laurinburg, NC

“I’ve come to appreciate more of the world around me through this amazing experience, and I know I have become a better person because of it.” – Alexis Reynolds Davidson, NC

“I will always cherish the new friendships that I’ve made and never forget the many memories I’ve shared with my new best friends.” – Katie Epperly Madison, NC

“This has been an experience of a lifetime. I will never forget anybody I have met. TWB will be in my heart forever.” – Melissa Good Mooresville, NC

“I had a really great time seeing America. The only thing that disappointed me was leaving each place. "Great Trip!” – Megan Wood Hiddenite, NC

“We climbed mountains, hiked canyons, and roamed cities. We visited more of this country in a 23 day quest than most could dream of. The TWB experience will be with me forever.” – Jo Varner Lexington,NC



 



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