HCC holds reception for TRiO Upward Bound students

seventh annual TRIO Upward Bound Reception group photo

(July 31, 2019) – Hagerstown Community College recently held its seventh 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 2018-2019 school year.

Following remarks from David Warner, vice president academic affairs and student services, attendees heard from student speaker Jazmin Techie-Mensah, and keynote speaker, Avery Carey. The awards were presented by Jim Mankins, TRIO Upward Bound manager, and Westly Jackson, advising and assessment specialist. During the 2018-2019 school year, 72 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 an after-school tutoring program, college visits and cultural enrichment activities, monthly Saturday session workshops during the school year, and a six-week summer academy program.

Certificates of academic excellence were awarded to the top students with the highest cumulative GPA for each high school. From Hancock Middle-Senior High School: -MORE- Glenn Ray, Kallee Seal, Casey Douglas, and Jacob Zirkle; from North Hagerstown High School: Catherine McKean, Madison Kifer, Tina Akondeng-Azise, Phebe Otwey, Jiovani Bah, and Amyzha Sewell; from South Hagerstown High School: Katie Amaguana, Shakira Scott-Harris, and Amyzha Sewell; and from Williamsport High School: Tatiana Baez, Garrett Woods, and Owen Woods. Additionally, Amyzha Sewell 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 Kalee Smith, of Hancock High School, and Brooke Cline and Karley Horn, both of Williamsport High School.

HCC’s TRIO Upward Bound program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/upwardbound.

Photo: First row, from left: Owen Woods, of Williamsport; Tashera Lloyd, of Hagerstown; Garrett Woods, of Williamsport; Amyzha Sewell, of Hagerstown; Nyasia Twyman, of Hagerstown; Tina Akongdeng-Azise, of Hagerstown; Aminata Badjie, of Hagerstown; Justin Himes, of Hagerstown; Ryan Himes, of Hagerstown; and Malachi Frazier, of Hagerstown. Second row, from left: Leyla Hecht, of Hagerstown; Savannah Hazell, of Hagerstown; London Victoria Holly, of Hagerstown; Tatiana Baez, of Williamsport; and India Scott, of Hagerstown. Top row, from left: Jose Cook, of Hagerstown; Robert Rubeck, of Hagerstown; Westly Jackson, HCC TRiO Upward Bound advising and assessment specialist; James Mankins, HCC TRiO Upward Bound manager; Jasmin Fowlkes, of Hagerstown; Iziah Techie Mensah, of Hagerstown; and Charles Powell, of Hagerstown.