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Ten local high school students recently celebrated their graduation from Northwest’s Upward Bound program. Pictured above in the T-shirts of their prospective colleges are, kneeling left to right, Ethan Calfee and Devin Vinzant. Standing, left to right, are Shelby Gilliland, Nicole Blea, Kabrina McClellan, Kimberly Sternberg, Lydia Rauch, Madison Driskell and Shea Zion. Maggie Schmidt is not pictured.

Ten local high school students recently celebrated their graduation from Northwest’s Upward Bound program. Pictured above in the T-shirts of their prospective colleges are, kneeling left to right, Ethan Calfee and Devin Vinzant. Standing, left to right, are Shelby Gilliland, Nicole Blea, Kabrina McClellan, Kimberly Sternberg, Lydia Rauch, Madison Driskell and Shea Zion. Maggie Schmidt is not pictured.

July 24, 2014

Upward Bound celebrates accomplishments, futures of 10 graduates

By Summer Lowe, media relations assistant

The Upward Bound program at Northwest Missouri State University has helped hundreds of students realize their goals of attending college and achieving success during the last 28 years. Last week, 10 more students celebrated their graduation from the program.

The resources students gain through their participation in Upward Bound allows them to be ahead of their peers in planning for their postsecondary futures. They also work ahead on their high school academics and further their leadership abilities.

Jackie Cochenour, assistant director and learning services coordinator for Upward Bound, looks at the graduation as a proud moment to reflect on how the high school seniors developed as students and individuals throughout their participation in the program.

“They have worked hard to get to where they are today, and I look forward to hearing about even more successes in the coming years as they transition into their higher education careers,” Cochenour said.

Additionally, Upward Bound graduate Madison Driskell received the TRiO Achievement Scholarship. Financial support of the scholarship is given by the Owens Family Scholarship through the Northwest’s Office of Financial Assistance.

Upward Bound, a federally funded education program created by the Higher Education Act of 1965, got its start at Northwest in 1987. The program annually serves 70 high school students from eight high schools in northwest Missouri: King City, Maryville, Nodaway-Holt, Northeast Nodaway, Rock Port, Stanberry, Tarkio and West Nodaway. Upward Bound is open to students who have completed their freshman year of high school up to recent high school graduates.

This year’s Upward Bound graduates have made plans to begin their higher education in the fall at four different colleges. Six of the 10 graduates will continue their college education at Northwest.

For more information about the Upward Bound program at Northwest, click here. The graduating members of Upward Bound and their college plans are as listed below.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468