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90 high school students GEAR UP for college life during 2-day summer camp

Students from seven high schools participated in the GEAR UP Summer Camp June 4-5 at WKU. (WKU Photos by Clinton Lewis)

Students from seven high schools participated in the GEAR UP Summer Camp June 4-5 at WKU. (WKU Photos by Clinton Lewis)

Ninety students from seven high schools got a snapshot of college life June 4-5 during the GEAR UP Summer Camp at WKU.

The students, who will be 10th graders this fall, have been involved in the GEAR UP project for three years. The students are from Barren County High School, Breckinridge High School, Frederick Fraize High School, Cumberland County High School, Edmonson County High School, Glasgow High School and Todd County High School.

“This is their opportunity to stay on campus overnight in a residence hall, eat at the university cafeteria, walk across campus to various classes, and use the recreational facilities at WKU just like a college student,” said Mike Hughes, project coordinator at the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. “They will also be taking part in team building and leadership sessions. Our aim is to make them aware of the importance of a college education and to realize college is both attainable and affordable. They are encouraged to take this knowledge back to their school and share with other students in their school. WKU is great to allow our grant and these students this chance to come to campus for this experience.”

Participants included the following (listed by school):

Barren County High School (Glasgow): Students Summara Aaron, Sydney Austin, Alizabeth Cole, Taylor Craine, Tyler Gillock, Maria Grimsley, Autumn Harper, Katy Harvey, Jenna Hayes, Ryan Jinkins, Megan Jones, Veronika Matthews, Nick Meadows, J. R. Mitchell, Kelli Reece, Nick Tabor; counselors Kathy Lowe, Shane London, Melissa Sargent.

Breckinridge County High School (Harned): Students Katie Anderson, Nikki Anthony, Haley Carmen, Rachel Hall, Alexus Hornback, Coty Kennison, Tiffany Kunick, Kenny Lawrence, Haley Lee, Bethany Stevenson, Josh Zirkle; counselors Julie Monarch, Whitney Nesmith, Kevin Coomes, Dale Goatley.

Frederick Fraize High School (Cloverport): Students Jimmy Hanor, Cody Simmons, Cami Stewart, Jessie Turpin-Gray; counselors Laura Shultz, Josh Roach.

Cumberland County High School (Burkesville): Students Paige Farlee, Sydney Franklin, Ashtin Graves, Seth Norris, Asher Sullivan, Krystina Vibbert, Jake Williams, Branden Young; counselors Nancy Smith, Nathan Britt.

Edmonson County High School (Brownsville): Students Jessica Casey, Jamie Decker, Bailee Dowell, Rachel Finch, Jonathan Freeman, Victoria Henson, Versie Parker, Eli Pruett, Amber Thompson, Autumn Thompson; counselors Derek Stice, Denise Stice.

Glasgow High School (Glasgow): Students Lacey Bailey, Price Bell, Landen Black, Mariel Casian, Hener Echeverria, Hallie Francie, Anthony Kinslow, Justin Meredith, Jodie Norris, Olson Schaefer, Alex Taylor, Emilee Wood, Krysten Wood; counselors Beth Kidwell, Mark Gibson.

Todd County Central High School (Elkton): Students Kaitlyn Barnard, Zach Dunaway, Amy Gallagher, Paisalie Gill, Justin Hogan, David King, Jasmine Kirkman, Riley Riley, Ashley Robertson, Sierra Shemwell, Brittany Stanton; counselors Marquita Cassetty, Kathy Perdue, Ray Wheeler.

Contact: Mike Hughes at 270-563-2113 ext. 2042 or mike.hughes@grrec.ky.gov

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