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Superior, Duluth students go back to school during the summer for Upward Bound

Posted on Jul 27, 2012
Upward Bound students spend six weeks of summer in study and adventure.
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Two students act out a scene for their peers that demonstrates what they learned in their theater and interpersonal communications classes during the Upward Bound Summer Program held at UW-Superior.

Two students act out a scene for their peers that demonstrates what they learned in their theater and interpersonal communications classes during the Upward Bound Summer Program held at UW-Superior.

Summer might offer a break from school for some youngsters, but when you're Upward Bound it's a time for more learning and more adventure.

More than 70 high school students enrolled in the Upward Bound programs in Superior, Proctor and Duluth's Denfeld High School recently completed a six-week summer program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior that included academic courses, team-building activities and field trips as well as cultural, social, athletic and career-related activities.

Helping high-potential students

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that supports high-potential students who would be unlikely to pursue higher education without extra support. It's intended mainly for students from families with low incomes, those with parents who did not attend college, and those living in rural areas. The students receive tutoring, counseling, and study skills training to help them improve their grades and build self-confidence needed to pursue post-secondary education,

"Many of our students have high potential to go to college," said Angie Hugdahl, Upward Bound director at UW-Superior. "Our summer program is an opportunity for them to take more intensive coursework."

UW-Superior's successful Upward Bound program recently received renewed funding of $250,000 a year for the next five years.

A taste of college life

The Upward Bound summer program at UW-Superior involves the Upward Bound students enrolled through programs at UW-Superior and Lake Superior College in Duluth. The summer program offers students opportunities to gain confidence and independence through hard work and academic achievement in a simulated college setting.

During the session, students live in a university residence hall and take classes in English, foreign languages, mathematics, and public speaking. They also learn how to use computers and how to use a library to conduct research. Evenings offer more opportunities for learning through activities such as hearing a motivational speaker, putting on a talent show and taking part in recreation nights.

On the road

The Upward Bound Summer Program also goes on the road, taking the students for a weeklong stay at the Laurentian Environmental Camp in Britt, Minn. Students learn outdoor survival skills, examine different types of environments, learn about Wildlife Management, and learn activities like rock climbing, swimming and canoeing.

Their final week this year was spent broadening their horizons with a trip to Tennessee. The group's itinerary include a visit to Vanderbilt University and tours of cultural and historical sites including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the famous Studio B record studio, the Grand Old Opry, and Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage.

The Bridge Program

Along with the current high school students, the summer program included several recent graduates who were taking part in Upward Bound's Bridge Program, which helps the grads prepare to enter college in the fall and contemplate possible career choices.

Taylor Burm, a 2012 graduate of Superior High School, spent three days a week taking classes aimed at helping her in college strategies, life planning and determining her career interests.

Burm, who will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall, spent four years in the Upward Bound program. She also used the Youth Options program to take six UW-Superior classes, which helped her discover that she likes to write and prompted her decision to major in journalism.

Inspired to work harder

Burm said Upward Bound helped her prepare for college academically, visit universities and prepare to take the ACT exam. Just as important, it helped her overcome her shyness and inspired her to work harder in school.

"It helped me with study strategies and with setting time aside to study," she said. "Instead of settling for B's and C's, I strived to get A's."

The students now get a break to enjoy the remainder of the summer. But they'll be back at UW-Superior and Lake Superior College in September for another year of Upward Bound.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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