Upward Bound Students Receive Lawrence C. Bloch Creative Presentation Award

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Participating in the Greening Summit at Johnson State College are Lyndon State College Upward Bound students, from left, Cameron Newland, Jessica Colby and Derik Gagnon.

Three Lyndon State College Upward Bound students participated in the fifth annual Greening Summit at Johnson State College on Nov. 10. The summit is an eco-inspired competition for high school students co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Student teams propose creative and science based plans to help "green up" their schools and communities. This year's LSC UB team members were Jessica Colby, Cameron Newland and Derik Gagnon who all attend Lyndon Institute. The team's proposal was centered on student safety and issues of water runoff utilizing a product made from recycled tires as an alternative to concrete for their sidewalks and pathways. The team submitted a written proposal, performed a creative skit, and delivered a formal presentation to a panel of judges.

The Lyndon Institute team received the newly dedicated Lawrence C. Bloch Creative Presentation Award. This award is dedicated to the memory of Lawrence C. Bloch, a lifelong environmentalist, community activist, and beloved mentor. Students left with a renewed enthusiasm for the environment and dedication to their leadership roles in their community.

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 needed to succeed in college immediately after high school. The Upward Bound program works with 75 students, in 9 Northeast Kingdom high schools, who are dedicated to achieving their post secondary dreams. Upward Bound students spend six weeks of their summer on the campus of LSC.

For more information, please contact Rick Williams or Rose Reynolds in the Upward Bound office at 626-5000.

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