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Upward Bound

Students prep for college in Davis & Elkins program

Submitted photos Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Program students recognized for outstanding academic performance in the Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Aaron Mabry, Josiah Hohl, Tim Conti, Erin Chambers, Kaylee Jennings, Hannah Cussins, Hayden Shaver, Lexee Shearer, Jasmine Mallow, Joclyne Souza and Brenden Lewis; second row, Rowan Witt, Traves Lewis, Kevin Zhu, Charlie Brown, Kennize Moore, Bella Bauserman, Marissa Mallow, Katlyn Simmons, Caressa Waybright, Sabina Leyzorek and Gage Sites-Woods.

ELKINS — High school students from Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Pendleton and Pocahontas counties participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program, June 5 through July 1.

“The pandemic required students to work remotely the last few years, but D&E Upward Bound was glad to be ‘Back In Class,’ as their summer T-shirts noted,” said Director of the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound TRIO programs Carol Suder-Howes.

During the session, students studied various subjects including physics, mathematics, composition, literature, financial literacy, robotics, technology, life skills and foreign language. Upward Bound students also have been exposed to a variety of cultural and wellness classes and have had numerous learning experiences outside of the classroom with community service, career and college awareness opportunities as well.

The session concluded with an academic awards program honoring students who excelled in various classes. The awards were presented during a luncheon attended by the students’ families.

Recognized for outstanding academic performance were Academic All-Stars – Erin Chambers, a student at Tucker County High School and Sabina Leyzorek, a student at Pocahontas County High School; physics – Tim Conti, Tygarts Valley High School; Joclyne Souza, Pendleton County High School; Kennize Moore, TVHS; and Marissa Sines, Philip Barbour High School; math – McKenna Bennett, PBHS; Rowan Witt, Pendleton County High School; Brenden Lewis, Harman High School; and Hannah Cussins, TCHS; composition and literature – Caressa Waybright, Elkins High School; Lexee Shearer, EHS; Marissa Mallow, EHS; and Charlie Brown, EHS; financial literacy and life skills – Carlee White, HHS; Emily Loftis, Pocahontas County High School; Dakota Reedy, HHS; and Katlyn Simmons, Pocahontas County High School; technology – Bella Bauserman, Pocahontas County High School; Traves Lewis, Pocahontas County High School; Gage Sites-Woods; and Josiah Hohl, EHS; robotics – Kaylee Jennings, TCHS; German – Aaron Mabry, EHS; Jasmine Mallow, EHS; Hayden Shaver, PBHS; and Cheyenne Kittle, PBHS; College 101 – Landan Mason, Pendleton County High School.

Students from Elkins High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Charlie Brown, Lexee Shearer, Krysten Jones, Aaron Mabry, Madison Short, Leah Bykofsky and Mikey Gonzalez; second row, Kevin Zhu, Jasmine Mallow, Marissa Mallow, Jenny Brown, Caressa Waybright, Emma Quint and Chloe Roudebush. Not pictured are Josiah Hohl and Hannah Smith.

Recognized for perfect participation were Abby Arbogast, McKenna Bennett, Jillian Bolton, Erin Chambers, Sarah Chambers, Tim Conti, Elizabeth Dalton, Destiny Eldridge, Elizabeth Gonshor, Mikey Gonzalez, Madison Harlan, Selena Hedrick, Jesslyn Hogston, Josiah Hohl, Kaylee Jennings, Krysten Jones, Joseph Kittle, Brenden Lewis, Sabina Leyzorek, Emily Loftis, Aaron Mabry, Landan Mason, Faith Nelson, Chole Roudebush, Hayden Shaver, Lexee Shearer, Madison Short, Marissa Sines, Katelyn Tompkins, Karly VanMeter, Caressa Waybright and Rowan Witt.

As a reward, the students traveled to Pittsburgh for cultural explorations.

The Upward Bound program, 100 percent funded by the U.S. 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. For additional information, visit deupwardbound.org/ or call 304-637-1989

Students from Harman High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Carlee White and Faith Nelson; second row, Dakota Reedy and Brenden Lewis.

Students from Tucker County High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Erin Chambers, Treye Wagner and Hannah Cussins; second row, Kaylee Jennings, Rachel Felton, Destiny Eldridge and Sarah Chambers. Not pictured are Joey Birchland and Ariona Plumley.

Students from Tygarts Valley High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Tiana Martin, Madison Harlan, Abby Arbogast, Kennize Moore and Jesslyn Hogston; second row, Tim Conti, Derrick Gear, Colin Louk, Jordan Phillips, Cailey Lott and Emma Proudfoot. Not pictured is Caitlyn Rennix.

Students from Philip Barbour High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Cheyenne Kittle, Shelby Smith, Jillian Bolton, Marissa Sines and Katelyn Tompkins; second row, Rose Bennett, Elizabeth Dalton, McKenna Bennett, Caitlynn Williams, Hayden Shaver and Joseph Kittle. Not pictured is Elizabeth Elliott.

Students from Pocahontas County High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, Katlyn Simmons, Bella Bauserman, Traves Lewis and Karly Van Meter; second row, Emily Loftis, Sabina Leyzorek, Hailey Meeks and Taiylor Hoke. Not pictured are TaLisa Arbogast, Kenzie Moyers, Cierra Sharp, Jadyn Lane, Brycen Carroll and Sara Stull.

Students from Pendleton County High School who participated in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program are, from left, front row, James Ruddle, Kacie Simon, Nataley Hedrick, Ashlyn Judy, Linley Wyatt and Abby Bennett; second row, Joclyne Souza, Elizabeth Gonshor, Selena Hedrick, Landan Mason, Jaxon Kuykendall and Rowan Witt. Not pictured are Katelyn Hedrick, Gabby DePue and Justus Kuykendall.

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