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Forty-four high school students from through the region participated in Northwest's Upward Bound Math and Science summer program, which is a six-week, hands-on, life-enhancing college-prep experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Forty-four high school students from throughout the region, pictured above with Northwest TRIO staff, participated in the University's Upward Bound Math and Science summer program, which is a six-week, hands-on, life-enhancing college-prep experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    Sept. 13, 2016

    Summer program provides high school students with opportunities to explore math, science

    High school students from throughout the region experienced a summer of cooperation with peers and activities designed to increase their chances for success later in life through their participation in Northwest Missouri State University’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program.

    Forty-four students participated in this year’s summer program, which is a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11. The life-enhancing college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics that their peers might never experience while exposing them to a university campus and reducing anxieties about college. The students live in a campus residence hall while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.

    “Nearly every past participant has reported that the summer in UBMS was the best summer of their life,” UBMS Assistant Director Tanya Riley said. “The students go back to their home high schools with greater motivation, confidence, self-esteem and a direction for their lives."

    During the program, participants traveled to locations including Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska; the Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak, Iowa; the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas; Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska; Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri.

    An awards ceremony at the conclusion of the summer program celebrated the students’ achievements with UBMS staff and parents. Plaques were presented to Top Writers Angel Hernandez-Benitez and Maria Guerrero, of Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas, and Raymond Nellis, of Clarinda (Iowa) High School.

    Additional honorees were D’Angelo Hubbard, of Northeast High School (Kansas City, Missouri), as Student Advisory Council Outstanding First Year; Ciara Plate, of Lafayette High School (St. Joseph, Missouri), as Student Advisory Council Outstanding Returning Participant; and Angel Hernandez-Benitez, of Turner High School, and Carrissa Runde, of Worth County (Missouri) High School, as Top Overall UBMS Participants.

    Medals were handed out to Diligent Student Award recipients who attended all class sessions and completed all assignments. Student teams also were awarded medals for their achievements in Science Olympiad and Math Olympiad.

    “The teaming of different students was designed to reinforce the cooperative education plan for the summer program whereby students are encouraged to work cooperatively with each other toward desired solutions rather than competing for individual rewards,” UBMS Counseling Coordinator Karen Woodard said.

    During the 2016-17 academic year, UBMS students will complete a project of their choosing and meet with a mentor. They also enroll in math, science and technology courses, while completing high school and aspiring to attend college and advance to careers in math science and technology.

    Launched in 1992 and fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education, the UBMS program at Northwest serves 18 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas to help students pursue an education or career in a math or science-related field.  UBMS operates within TRIO, a set of federally-funded college–based educational opportunity outreach programs that motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds.

    For more information about UBMS and TRIO programs at Northwest, call 660.562.1630 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/trio/.


    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