Upward Bound Prepares Future Leaders
The West Virginia TRiO Association recently sponsored the 11th annual Student Leadership Conference at the Flatwoods Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center. High school and college students representing various TRiO programs from West Virginia and Virginia participated. Mianna Hersey of Hampshire High School; Kiyana Morgan of Moorefield High School; and Aaronia Capel, Zinin Miller, and Ronald Smith of Keyser High School attended the conference as representatives from Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s Upward Bound Program.
Representatives from Potomac State College of West Virginia
The Upward Bound Program of Potomac State College 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.
In coordination with this year’s conference theme, “Rise Up: Tomorrow’s Leaders Today,” participants were involved in numerous activities, which included a college fair and community service project to benefit Jared Box, an organization that provides gifts to hospitalized chronically ill children. Students participated in a variety of educational sessions such as “How to be Green at Home and School,” “From Hate to Hope,” “Study and Travel Abroad Opportunities” and “Get Engaged through Service with Energy Express and AmeriCorps.”
Additional inspiration and motivation were delivered through opening and closing speakers. Rheanna Martinez, Assistant Director of Marketing and Outreach for the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington D.C., conducted the “Town Hall Meeting” to encourage and teach students how to reach out to our political leaders and advocate for TRiO programs. Angie Wilkerson, keynote speaker of the leadership banquet and former Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, inspired students with her story and message of perseverance to overcome great odds to lead a productive, happy life of helping others and changing the world one person at a time. The conference closed with significant words of wisdom of how to reach your potential by Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, a TRiO alumnus and the first West Virginia’s Rhodes Scholar, who currently practices law from her law firm in Clay, WV.
Kiyana Morgan, a senior from Moorefield High School and current participant of Potomac State College’s Upward Bound Program, was awarded the Dr. Anne Crum Director’s Scholarship in recognition of her leadership potential.
The Upward Bound project at Potomac State College has been serving students from Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, and Grant counties since 1992. Inquiries about the Upward Bound Program at Potomac State College may be made by calling 304.788.6963/6928 or visiting http://www.potomacstatecollege.edu/campus_life/student_life/upward.html