D&E Upward Bound Students Attend TRiO Student Leadership Conference

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ELKINS - A group of students representing the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound programs recently attended the 16th annual WV TRiO Student Leadership Conference at the Flatwoods Days Inn & Suites Conference Center in Flatwoods, W.Va. The theme for this year’s conference was, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!: Journey Into Leadership.”

Chelsey Toms, Upward Bound academic adviser for Randolph, Barbour and Tucker counties, and Carol Suder-Howes, Upward Bound director, accompanied students Morgan Baldwin, Pocahontas County High School; Adriana Christopher, Philip Barbour High School; Haley Collins, Elkins High School; Sonya Davis, Tygarts Valley High School; Thomas Davis, Pendleton County High School; Allyson Green, PBHS; Mackenzie Guy, EHS; Cora Hedrick, Pocahontas County High School; Erin Hohl, EHS; Gena Kelley, PBHS; Cheyenne Kisamore, Pendleton County High School; Meggan Long, Pocahontas County High School; Kasey Neville, PBHS; Sonya Parks, PBHS; Alana Rennix, TVHS; and Bruce Trader, PBHS.

Students had the opportunity to network with approximately 200 students from 17 TRiO programs, which included Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. They attended workshops led by Paradigm Shift, which focused on interpersonal relationships, effective communication, problem-solving, financial management, time management, teamwork, goal setting and leaderships qualities.

Keynote speaker for the Dr. Anne Crum Awards Banquet was Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president emeritus of the Council for Opportunity in Education. Crum was the director of Davis & Elkins College TRiO programs from 1994-1999. During the banquet, Davis & Elkins College and WV TRiO awarded a $200 scholarship to Alana Rennix and presented Cora Hedrick with the Dr. Anne Crum Leadership Award.

A federally funded TRiO program, Upward Bound is designed to prepare high school students for post-secondary success. The Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound program serves students from Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties. Established during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, the Upward Bound program provides services to students who would be the first generation in their family to complete a four-year degree or those who meet income guidelines.

Davis & Elkins College’s Upward Bound programs receive funding, totaling $645,513, from the U.S. Department of Education with all project services provided at no cost to participants. For more information regarding Upward Bound, call 800-624-3157, extension 1389 or 304-637-1389, or visit deupwardbound.com.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.

 

Photo Caption: Attending the 16th annual WV TRiO Student Leadership Conference are, from left, Chelsey Toms, Upward Bound academic adviser for Randolph, Barbour and Tucker counties; Bruce Trader, Philip Barbour High School; Cora Hedrick, Pocahontas County High School; Morgan Baldwin, Pocahontas County High School; Meggan Long, Pocahontas County High School; Mackenzie Guy, Elkins High School; Thomas Davis, Pendleton County High School; Haley Collins, EHS; Erin Hohl, EHS; Adriana Christopher, PBHS; Allyson Green, PBHS; Kasey Neville, PBHS; Gena Kelley, PBHS; Alana Rennix, TVHS; Sonya Parks, PBHS; Cheyenne Kisamore, Pendleton County High School; Carol Suder-Howes, Upward Bound director; and Sonya Davis, Tygarts Valley High School.

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