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Upward Bound Students Honored at Awards Banquet

June 13, 2012

Approximately 190 Upward Bound staff, parents, students and honored guests gathered at the Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg campus for the Upward Bound Annual Awards Banquet where students were recognized for their dedication to academic excellence and their desire to earn a college degree. Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to prepare and motivate students for success in post-secondary education.

“I am consistently amazed at how much our students achieve so much, despite the obstacles they face,” commented Quincy Paden, Iowa Lakes TRiO Director. “Their unyielding dedication toward college admission and beyond serves as a model to all that through perseverance and commitment to excellence, anything is possible.” 

The awards presented included:

In Algona, the Site Scholar Medal winner was Levi Goodman (Algona), and the Certificate winner was Abby Smith (Algona).  

The Emmetsburg Site Scholar Medal winner was Rachel Sorensen (Armstrong).  

Spencer Site Scholar Medal winner was Megan Wissbaum (Spencer).

The Estherville Site Scholar Medal winner was Lorissa Baker (Estherville), and the Certificate winner was Marissa Harvey.

The Top Notch award is presented to a student that demonstrates academic success, works hard with staff to improve his study skills, and demonstrates a work ethic that serves as a model for other students. This year’s winner was Kristina Girres (Graettinger).

The Commitment award was presented to Marissa Harvey and Megan Wissbaum, for showing outstanding commitment to the Upward Bound Program.  

The 110% Bridge Student award was given to Lorissa Baker for demonstrating academic success and serving as a model to all students in the program over her years with the Upward Bound Program.  
 
Ten seniors were inducted into the Student Hall of Fame. They include:  from Estherville, Lorissa Baker, Marissa Harvey, and Janae Howing; from Spencer, Paige Baschke, Lindsay Bonney, Ethan Hudson, Adrian Rico, Megan Wolff, Harley Wolff; and from Armstrong, Rachel Sorensen. The Hall of Fame award was given to Howard and Liza Baker and Evelyn Baker for going above and beyond for the Upward Bound Program and students. 
 
The program concluded with a presentation by Upward Bound staff regarding the summer Upward Bound program along with orientation and registration of new students to the program.
 
Commitment award winners; top right – Site Scholars; bottom left – Hall of Fame inductees; bottom right – Student Hall of Fame inductees
top left – Commitment award winners; top right – Site Scholars; bottom left – Hall of Fame inductees; bottom right – Student Hall of Fame inductees
For More Information:

Pam Harnden
Upward Bound Office Associate
712-852-5286

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