HCC holds reception for TRiO Upward Bound students

2016-17 TRiO Upward Bound Awardees

(August 3, 2017) – Hagerstown Community College recently held its fifth annual TRiO Upward Bound Reception. The event represents an end-of-the-year celebration for the TRiO Upward Bound students and their achievements during the 2016-2017 school year.

Following remarks from HCC Dean of Students Christine Ohl-Gigliotti, attendees heard from student speaker Shabree Brown, and keynote speaker, Marcal Graham. The awards were presented by Kimberly Toms, TRiO Upward Bound coordinator, and Jacob Rockwell, advising and assessment specialist.

During the 2016-2017 school year, 74 students participated in the TRiO Upward Bound program. The program is a year-round college-preparatory program made possible through a $1.25 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to assist low-income, and/or first-generation college bound high school students with the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and college. Upward Bound offers a variety of services to students such as after-school tutoring programs, college visits, monthly Saturday session workshops during the school year, and a six-week summer academy program.

Certificates of academic excellence were awarded to the top three students with the highest cumulative GPA for each high school. From Hancock Middle-Senior High School: Lexus Ray, Glenn Ray, and Kallee Seal; from North Hagerstown High School: Jazmin Techie-Mensah, Taylor Swinson, and Jennifer Morris; from South Hagerstown High School: Briana Legette, Katie Amaguana, and Maliesha Hughes; and from Williamsport High School: Stephanie Leisinger, Garrett Woods, and Dajeuna Paige. Additionally, Norrab Frederick was named the UB Scholar of the year for going above and beyond in Upward Bound activities.

Students who recently completed the intensive six-week Summer Academy, and will be transitioning to college this fall, were also recognized. These students included Joshua Atha, Kelsety DeHart, Corneyon King, and Stephanie Leisinger of Washington County Technical High School; Jordan Kerns and Lexus Ray of Hancock Middle-Senior High School; Briana Legette and Marcus Maners of South Hagerstown High School; and Jennifer Morris, Chanel Sellers, and Taylor Swinson of North Hagerstown High School.

The Upward Bound Scholarship is funded by staff and participant fundraising events throughout the year. This year’s $1042 scholarship was awarded to North Hagerstown High School senior Jennifer Morris.

HCC’s TRiO Upward Bound program is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/upwardbound.