Upward Bound Students Attend 2014 New England Student Leadership Conference

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Upward Bound students participating in the conference were: from left, Shelby Loura from Danville School; Marisa Eldred and Matt Allen, both from Craftsbury Academy; Thomas Mailloux and Merrick Marchesseault, both from Canaan Memorial School.

Five Lyndon State College Upward Bound students were recently selected to attend the 30th Annual New England Student Leadership Conference at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vt., Sept 26-28. This three-day conference brought together 60 emerging high school leaders from all over New England for workshops designed to foster leadership skills.

Students participated in the Eclipse Challenge, a workshop where students attempt to balance the federal budget, a high ropes course adventure, and a leadership workshop. Students were encouraged to set personal and community goals as well as develop their leadership skills and bring those new skills back to create positive change in their schools, in their communities, and in their own lives as they prepare for postsecondary education. NEOA (New England Educational Opportunity Association) President Randy Schroeder of the University of New Hampshire's Student Support Services program also joined the conference as this year's guest speaker. It was an outstanding weekend for students and staff, celebrating the vast potential of TRiO first generation college bound students in New England.

Upward Bound at Lyndon State College is a college preparatory program funded through the United States Department of Education. The program is committed to providing modest income, first-generation college-bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support to succeed in college immediately after high school. The Upward Bound program works with 75 students in nine area high schools who are dedicated to achieving their post-secondary dreams. Upward Bound students spend six weeks of their summer on the campus of Lyndon State College.

For more information, contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound Office at (802) 626-5000.

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