Approximately 50 local high school students with a thirst for knowledge recently participated in the Upward Bound Summer Academy program at Weatherford College.
These students are first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged families selected from area high schools.
Their summer college experience included living on campus for six weeks and participating in classes ranging from laboratory science to composition to foreign language.
Changes to the program this year enabled students to focus more on classwork and study skills by increasing classroom time and encompassing fewer classes. In addition to core classes, students were also able to take courses in psychology, college readiness and test preparation.
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This new arrangement “allowed me to focus on the class and it allowed me to have more time to work on what I was learning while not having to do it all on my own as homework” said Angela Pannell, Springtown High School junior.
“The test prep is going to help me prepare for the major admissions tests like the SAT and ACT and be more prepared for college exams” added Adrian Camacho, Springtown High School senior.
This summer also included an opportunity for the students to see and explore the Houston area including tours of Texas State Technical College, Houston Baptist University, University of Houston and Sam Houston State University. They also visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science and took in a musical show at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
“I now realize how big or small some of these campuses are and why I do or do not want to apply to these universities,” said Vanessa Murillo, Springtown High School senior. “It really helps me make a much more educated decision when it comes to applying for college this coming year.”
Each year Upward Bound honors its students who achieved in the classroom as well. This year’s award honorees were:Excellence Award in English – Lluvia Montes, Mineral Wells.
- Most Improved Award in English – Liranda Gonzalez, Millsap
- Excellence Award in Mathematics – Dominic Bugarin, Springtown
- Most Improved Award in Mathematics – Shelby Easterwood, Springtown
- Excellence Award in Science – Edgar Aguilera, Springtown
- Most Improved Award in Science – Amya Carr-McGowan, Mineral Wells
- Excellence Award in Sign Language – Raileigh Trotter, White Settlement
- Most Improved Award in Sign Language – Anna Hage-Kaderka, Springtown
- Excellence Award in Test Preparation – Shelby Easterwood, Springtown
- Most Improved Award in Test Preparation – Liranda Gonzalez, Millsap
- Outstanding Freshman Award – Shelby Easterwood, Springtown
- Outstanding Sophomore Award – Edgar Aguilera, Springtown
- Outstanding Junior Award – Jazmin Rubio, Mineral Wells
- Outstanding Bridge Student Award – Miguel Aguilar, Millsap
- Horizon Award – Jocelyn Fields, Millsap
- Spirit of Upward Bound Award – Brandon Wallace, Mineral Wells & Miguel Aguilar, Millsap
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“The grant money that funds Upward Bound enables students and their families that need support to complete their dreams of a college education,” Jeff Kahlden, Director of Upward Bound, said. “Our priority is to serve students who need the academic skills to prepare them for a quality education. This program can be a life changer for the individual student and also make an impact on our local community. “
TRIO funding allows Upward Bound to serve students in Millsap, Mineral Wells, Springtown, Gordon and Graford high schools. Students from these schools who are interested in the Upward Bound program can pick up an application from their high school counselor this fall.
For more information about Upward Bound at WC, contact Kahlden at email@example.com or 817-598-6485.