Students in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Program spent six weeks of their summer break gaining perspective on college life.
Participants in the program were students from Elkins High School, Harman High School, Pendleton County High School, Pocahontas County High School, Philip Barbour High School, Tucker County High School and Tygarts Valley High School.
The summer program gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with living on a college campus, and learning and strengthening a variety of academic and interpersonal skills.
Elkins High School students participating in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Program June 2 through July 10 are, from left, Hunter Lewis, Meagan Lewis, Kirsten Helmick, Kathlyne Simmons, Sonja Skinner, Haley Gordon, Mason Ariola, Lexie Bennett, Autumn Bonnell, Noah O’Brien and Noe Skidmore-Skaggs. Not pictured are Cassia Collins and Olivia DeVille.
During the session, students studied physics, composition and foreign language and participated in cultural and wellness classes on the D&E campus. Students also participated in a community service day at Seneca Rocks and visited Wheeling Jesuit University and Fairmont State University.
As a reward, students traveled to New York City on July 7-10 to experience cultural exploration.
The Upward Bound program, 100 percent funded by the Department of Education, is a federal TRiO program dedicated to assisting qualifying, first-generation Appalachian high school students in their transition from high school to college. Upward Bound is a holistic program that encourages students to perform well in high school and strengthen the competencies and skills needed to succeed in college.
For more information regarding Upward Bound, visit www.deubwv.com or call the main office at 800-642-3157, ext. 1389.