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Upward Bound Jamboree Held At Lyndon State

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Upward Bound Jamboree Held At Lyndon State

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Members of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound rising senior class include: front row from left, Brooklyn Colby (Lyndon Institute), Kiana Royer (Lake Region Union High School), Melanie Gagnon (LRUHS), Kim Sobeck (Rivendell Academy), Marisa Eldred (Craftsbury Academy), Baylee Olden (Concord School), Sam Turgeon (St. Johnsbury Academy) and Chrissy Shatney (LI); back row, Daniel Cliche (LI), Merrick Marchesseault (Canaan Memorial School), Katie Bickford (LI), Matt Allen (Craftsbury), Mallorie Biron (Canaan), Teagan Carpenter (Danville School), Thomas Mailloux (Canaan), Alyssa Cote (Danville), Joshua Lindor (Canaan), Duncan Martin-Baker (Craftsbury), Justin Lindor (Canaan) and Brandon Garfield (LI). Christina Cassidy (LI) and Bria Willis (SJA) are also members of the group.

The Lyndon State College Upward Bound program welcomed more than 500 students and staff from Upward Bound programs across Northern New England to LSC for a Jamboree celebration on July 9. This event brought together college bound high school students from the Lyndon State, Johnson State, Castleton State, Keene State, the University of Vermont, SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Adirondack Upward Bound programs.

Students heard words of support and acknowledgment from the legislative aides of the offices of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch. Sanders also sent students a video encouraging them to pursue their college goals.

The Bread and Puppet Theater gave a performance, students were treated to a cookout in the Stevens dining hall, toured the LSC campus, heard LSC UB alumni speak, and spent a fun evening getting to know each other with a dance, games and more. The Jamboree was a celebration of these hard working and talented high school students from the regional communities who are preparing for college through their commitment to Upward Bound.

Upward Bound is one of the federally funded TRiO Educational Opportunity programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Lyndon State College Upward Bound was founded in 1980, and works each year with 75 high school students who are first generation college bound, and come from modest income backgrounds. Upward Bound students come from nine participating high schools including: Craftsbury Academy, Lyndon Institute, St Johnsbury Academy, Lake Region Union High School, Woodsville High School, Rivendell Academy, Canaan Memorial School, Concord School and Danville School. For more information contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound office at (802) 626-5000.

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