The Upward Bound Program at Paul D. Camp Community College celebrated the closing of its summer session with approximately 250 attending a ceremony held July 21 at the Regional Workforce Development Center.
The event was highlighted by a display of student projects and presentations by the high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The presentations featured the students’ talents, but were also focused on relating what the students have learned during the summer.
“The Upward Bound students have been busy this summer,” Director Travis Parker said. “We have had workshops led by PDCCC faculty, staff and guest speakers, and organization presentations from Kids College, Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads, Bronco Federal Credit Union and Junior Achievement of Hampton Roads.”
In addition, the students completed two Dual Enrollment classes, public speaking with Dr. Andrea Hall-Leonard, and college skills with Laura Clark. Students also engaged in geometry, Algebra II, biology, current events, Spanish I and II, essay writing and literature.
“It’s not all work, however,” Parker said. “Upward Bound provides cultural experiences for the students as well. They participate in field trips on and off campus, and hands-on activities.”
Also the students were recognized at the ceremony for raising more than half of the PDCCC goal of funds for the March of Dimes. It was confirmed that they achieved a donation of just over $550 for the worthy cause.
The Upward Bound Program is a federal TRIO Program aimed at assisting 9th-12th graders, who will be first generation college graduates, with continuing their education at a postsecondary institution. The program serves 50 students from Franklin, Lakeland and Southampton high schools.
Rising juniors perform a dance presentation during the summer closing ceremony.
Eischeid at projects:
Volunteer Tom Eischeid, who taught some of the classes during the summer session, shows Brenda Bergess some of the projects the students completed.
Rising Lakeland High School junior Brandon Coker performs on guitar for the audience.
Rising Southampton High School sophomore Shemia Jarrett shows off her colorful painting.
Southampton High School rising sophomores Haleigh Andrew, Angel Padilla and Paul Cobb perform a skit for attendees at the event.
Rising sophomore from Southampton High School Anastasia Freeman, left, and rising sophomore of Lakeland High School Tatiyahna Blakely perform a dance number.
Rust colored suit:
Rising Lakeland High School junior JaQwon Weaver reverts during his delivery to the audience.