Upward Bound completes 43rd summer at UVa-Wise

Upward Bound completed its 43rd summer on the campus of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Students were offered academic classes to prepare them for Virginia Standards of Learning in subjects that they will take during the coming school year. “Education-Mapping Your Future” was the theme this year. Students who graduated from high school in the spring and are enrolled in college this fall semester were enrolled in two online summer classes for college credit.

All students participated in a work-study program in the afternoon. The students either worked in various offices on or off campus, participated in a photojournalism class to produce the summer magazine or participated in a career development class featuring guest speakers, mock interviews, research papers and field trips to various job sites. They also participated in community service projects at Kid’s Central and Heritage Hall.

In addition to the classes and work-study, the Upward Bound students participated in several activities on and off campus, including trips to the Cooper’s Gem Mine in Blountville, Tenn.; Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va.; Southeast Community College in Cumberland, Ky.; Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College in Bristol, Va.; WCYB in Bristol, Va.; the Kentucky Coal Museum in Lynch, Ky.; and the Barter Theatre in Abingdon to see “The Wizard of Oz.”

The summer’s concluding trip was to Ohio, where students visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Cleveland Browns Stadium and Cedar Point.

The students who participated in the summer program were Carrie Adams, J. J. Kelly; Thomas Boring, J. J. Kelly; Ashley Bowen, Ervinton; BJ Brummitt, J. J. Kelly; Kelsey Chaffin, Ervinton; Nicholas Countiss, Pound; Amber Deel, Clintwood; Cody Deloach, Ervinton; Stephanie Edwards, Ervinton; Kasey Fleming, Ervinton; Tori Fleming, Clintwood; James France, Clintwood; Gloria Gibson, Coeburn; Emily Gilliam, J. J. Kelly; Daniel Hilton, Pound; Brittany Holts, Ervinton; Whitney Holts, Ervinton; Victoria McConnell, J. J. Kelly; Brittany McCowan, Ervinton; Racheal McKinney, Clintwood; Mackenzie Moore, Ervinton; Mikey Mullins, J. J. Kelly; Whitney Mullins, Coeburn; Zack Mullins, Clintwood; Chelsea Perry, Ervinton; Zachary Pilkenton, Pound; Mary Shepherd, Ervinton; Kristen Smith, Clintwood; Jonathan Strouth, J. J. Kelly; Lisa Triplett, Coeburn; Ashley Umberger, Clintwood; Rebekah Vance, Coeburn; Latasha Vitatoe, Ervinton; Ashley Whisenhunt, Clintwood; and Rocky Wireman, Coeburn. Bridge students included Rhiannon Doss, Clintwood; Brittany Grubb, Ervinton; Maggie Moore, Ervinton; and Kara Yates, Ervinton.

Upward Bound is a pre-college program serving low-income and/or first-generation high school students from five schools in Wise and Dickenson counties: Coeburn, J. J. Kelly, Pound, Clintwood and Ervinton. The program serves 70 students with the grant renewal funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program activities are free to the students, who also receive a stipend for participation.

Students interested in Upward Bound may check with their school guidance counselor, or contact the Upward Bound office at 276-328-0175 for eligibility requirements and application information.

For more information, contact the Office of College Relations at 276-328-0130.

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