This year twelve students enrolled in Upward Bound graduated Mount Shasta High School, Class of 2019. Throughout their high school careers, these students were guided by Upward Bound. They were advised on their future and given college recommendations to suit their unique needs and interests. Grant funded trips gave these students opportunities to tour potential colleges.
The 2019 graduates of Upward Bound were all very successful throughout their high school experiences. Three of the graduates received the A-G award. Two were granted the CAASPP Silver Award for their outstanding test results. Three of the students were members of the Interact Club, and one was a member of the Key Club. Both of these clubs are community service based and strive to better Mount Shasta through trash clean-ups, volunteer work, and more. One graduate received the Golden State Seal Merit Award, for their mastery of high school curriculum. One graduate received the Presidents Award, and another won the State Seal of Bi-Literacy.
Eleven of the twelve students received scholarships totaling at $49,000. Nine of the graduates are attending COS this fall. One has been accepted to the NY Times Gap Year Program, and the other two graduates are enrolled in South Dakota University and UC Santa Cruz.
Graduate D'Angelo Stewart stated, "Upward Bound caused many great moments for me, including making so many new friends and learning so many new things." As said by graduate Kaden Biagi, "Upward Bound has opened up many different ideas for career pathways I would never have thought of and helped me visit and decide which college I wish to attend." Both of these graduates feel as though their enrollment in Upward Bound greatly improved their high school experiences.
Mount Shasta High School and Upward Bound are very proud of their graduates and have high hopes for every one of their futures. It is sad to see them go. Upward Bound is a great outlet to build new friendships; throughout the program, students become a close community of aspiring individuals. This year Upward Bound will enroll twelve more students in the program and continue to guide each student to success.