Upward Bound Celebrates Future Leaders

by DeAnn Greenawalt

The West Virginia TRiO Association sponsored their annual Student Leadership Conference at the Flatwoods Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center earlier this year. One hundred and fifty students representing various TRiO programs from Virginia and West Virginia participated. Tara Baldwin, Lisa Davis and Amanda Gentry attended the conference as representatives from Potomac State College’s Upward Bound Program. 

The Upward Bound Program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University is one of the federal TRIO Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides valuable support services to help students successfully enter and graduate from college. These programs offer services that include tutoring, academic enrichment, cultural experiences, and assistance with the college search and financial aid processes. They are designed to identify promising students and to prepare them to do college-level work. 

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Left to right: Amanda Gentry, Frankfort High
School; Tara Baldwin, Moorefield High School; and
Lisa Davis, Keyser High School took part in the
Student Leadership Conference at the Flatwoods
Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center earlier this
year. The annual event was sponsored by the West
Virginia TRiO Association.

In coordination with this year’s conference theme, “Be the Change,” participants were involved in numerous activities which included a college fair, banner competition, a community service project to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and interactive presentations such as “If You Really Knew Me” and “From Hate to Hope.” Students were further educated during various breakout sessions that covered topics from “Going Green @ School and Home,” “Leadership U,” “8 Tips for Positive Change,” and many more.  

Additional inspiration and motivation were presented by the keynote speaker, Josh Shipp, the host of TV’s JUMP SHIPP and author of “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.” Shipp is a recognized teen expert for such media outlets as MTV, CNN and FOX. Throughout his presentations, Shipp offered up a healthy dose of advice that he calls “in your face, but on your side.” He spoke about things that teens care about in a youth-friendly, humorous tone that was hilarious as well for the participants. To find out more about Shipp and view video clips, go to www.joshshipp.com

Davis, a senior from Keyser High School and current participant in Potomac State’s Upward Bound Program, was awarded the Dr. Anne Crum Director’s Scholarship in recognition of her leadership potential. 

The Upward Bound program at Potomac State has been serving students from Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, and Grant counties since 1992. Inquiries about the Upward Bound Program may be made by calling 304-788-6963/6928 or by visiting the Web site at http://www.potomacstatecollege.edu/campus_life/student_life/upward.html