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Local seventh and eighth grade students learn to GO BIG during Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP summer leadership camps

7/3/2013

WILBURTON, OK (July 3, 2013) –Four hundred sixty–five local seventh and eighth grade students learned how to “GO BIG with GEAR UP” during Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP summer camps.

Eastern’s GEAR UP grant program partnered with FOCUS Training to host seven camps for students. This year's camps prepared students for the challenges and opportunities of school life.

The students experienced the life of a typical college student at Eastern by experiencing instruction in a college classroom setting, sleeping in the residence halls and dining in the cafeteria.

This year’s theme, GO BIG, explored five areas of leadership: Big Team, Big Vision, Big Talk, Big Image, and Big Impact. All sessions were interactive with students moving about and working in large and small groups.

Big Team focused on relationship building techniques and making connections to other GEAR UP students. Campers walked away with new friends and new skills.

Big Vision helped students learn about the importance of continuous learning and creating plans for their educational future.

Big Talk revealed that students with strong interpersonal communication skills are more confident, more successful socially, and better able to self–advocate. Students focused on learning to manage the communication relationship and make them understood.

Big Image helped students see how their actions relate to their success. It’s never too early to start thinking about your future career and the choices that should be made to get you there.

Big Impact gave students the opportunity to share their Big Plan with peers. Students gave and received feedback and challenged each other to attain their goals.

The program also included a Community Service component to teach the importance of giving back to the community. Through email, social media and a benefit dance–a–thon, students raised over $1,200 for the American Red Cross to be donated to the Moore Tornado Relief, with the help of friends and family.

At the end of the camp, students gave group presentations to share the goals created in each session with the other students and staff members. Students then graduated from the camp and also received awards recognizing extraordinary teamwork, enthusiasm and participation.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern will receive more than $12.6 million during a seven-year period to help students and educators in 30 partner schools. The camp was free to GEAR UP participants.

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GEAR UP Camp 1: Buffalo Valley, Clayton, Keota, McAlester 7th grade and Red Oak

Front Row: Christine O’Neil, Todd Gehrmann, Kyle Willkom, Latrell Armstrong and Rachel Anderson
Row 2: Alyssa Calvin, Nina Holly, Isaiah Montaño, Allie Yandell, Casey Adams, Zachary Bray, Elizabeth Butler, Mattie Erwin, Jayden Freeman, Shelby Heflin, Tamara Jackson, Braylee Reneau, Peyton Sisk, Samantha Slawson, Jacob Stamps, Robert Kemp Jr., Nick Knowles, Kate McCarn, Breanna McPherson, Ashton Morris, Waylon Morris and Macy Parks
Row 3: Tracie Pitcock, Alyx Samuel, Cordell Sturgeon, Harlea Walker, Madison Davis, Blake Dean, Audrey DeShazo, Lee Graham, Garrett Hayes, Spenser Hearton, Shailynn Holder, Shanda Holder, Jerry Hurt III, Darin Kates, Kaylee Love, Miranda McClary, Zachary McClary, Heather Phillips, Chance Rainwater, Bryce Reading, Whitney Reed, Christopher Rowe, Aryann Wideman, Katie Ary, Isaac Briggs and Kennedy Bullett
Back Row: Shilo Carshall, Madison Clifton, Hayden Cole, Camissa Cox, Christopher Crawford, Thomas Delcid, R'Leeya Donaldson, Dalton Ferguson, Taryn Good, Jessica Harris, Sarah Harrison, Cheyenne Hearst, Quianna Hearst, Kaitlynn Helmer, Alexes Johnson, Brayden McKelvey, Danielle McLaughlin, Austin Morgano, Briana Nichols, Lindsey Old, Matthew Rattan, Jacoby Riddle, Kal-el Shelton, Nancy Stahmer and Ashley Todd


GEAR UP Camp 2: Bokoshe, Canadian, Indianola, Pittsburg and Spiro

Front Row: Talia Cox, Alex Dixon, Damien Mink, Casey Price; Lauren Bratcher, Joseph Cowser, Jayton Gideon and Randy Gray, Jr.
Row 2: Dominic Hernandez, McKenna January, Maxwell Luethje, Colton Luna, Dylan Manhollan, Ethan Millet, Neva Northcutt, Lily Romero, Brentleigh Rousey, Jenna Russell and Aaron Stowers; Adam Harrison, Alexis Harrison and Courtney Harrison
Row 3: Linda Eldridge, Brooklyne Lefler, Morgan Sennett, Anthony Stephenson, Jessica Swartwout, Elizabeth Wilson, Chandler Rice, Zachery Suter, Jordan Ashing, Breanna Blankenship, Reonna Bunch, Vanessa Clayton, Cedric Cobb Jr., Joshua Cole, Isaac Doss, Tory Eatmon, Delaney Farmer, Dylan Green, Samantha Griffith and Chloe Harris
Row 4: Jayce Haskins–Clark, Saylor Haskins–Clark, Daryan Heffner, Kaylee Holloway, Victoria Knapple, Richard LeFlore, Nathan Lovejoy, Aaliyah Lyons, Hailey Mendoza, Wyatt Milliken, Abigail Moore, Madison Osborne, Mercedes Pollard, Thomas Pouncil, Christian Robbins, Ambrosio Rodriquez, Matthew Smith and Andre Spring II
Back Row: Rachel Anderson, Christine O’Neil, Donovan Stanley, Hannah Tobler, McKinzie Traylor, Chloe Ulrich, Jared Walker, Keyton Watson Latrell Armstrong and Kyle Willkom


GEAR UP Camp 3: Antlers, Frink-Chambers, Quinton and Savanna

Front Row: Samantha Arpealer, Micah Blevins, Matthew Bloodworth, Neica Bragg, Sabrina Cole, Faith Folsom, Elissa Frazier, Taylor Hindman, Katsa Hughes, Miranda Lough, Christian McKnight, Courtney McMillen, Laura Mitchell, Corbin Owens, Katie Paredes, McKinley Payne and Kortney Powell
Row 2: Heather Scott, Hunter Simpson, John Stout, Meske Sutv, Zachary Warren, Bryce Williams, Bailey Woods, Kylee Ashworth, Alyssa Carrell, Lauren Coggin, Katelynn Dibler, Hailey Ellis, Ash Gentry, Hailey Guthrie, Brooke Kelley, Megan Kraft, Autumn Lawson, Ayden Lee and Mady Nix
Row 3: Gavin Randazzo, Steve Rowland, Bianca Sanchez, Emily Shiew, Gabby Valdez, Alayna Woods, Bobby Brennan, Tucker Dugan, Jaylen Hollieway, Andrew Howell, Garrett Lemons, Eli Milam, Nathan Minyard, Clayton Needham, Haylee Boatright, Britton Buckner, Blake Cathey and Christian Dalpaos
Back Row: Latrell Armstrong, Christine O’Neil, Martin DelaGarza, Nathan Gilliland, Nick Graham, David Hall, Trae Harris, Brandon Johnson, Cade Lane, Lacey Lee, Keaton Lewis, Peyton Little, Sarah Marino, Blain Martin, Dakota McElhaney, Gunner Oliver, Michael Strain, Shelby Underwood, Hannah Wingo, Kayla Wood, Kyle Willkom and Rachel Anderson


GEAR UP Camp 4: Akota, Crowder, Haileyville, Moyers and Talihina

Front Row: Christine O’Neil, Rachel Anderson, Latrell Armstrong and Kyle Willkom
Row 2
: Laney Heath, Nikki Hobson, Karissa Jackson-Callahan, Ty Kellett, Amy Maxey, Nicholas McKnight, Aimee Peterson, Brittany Primeaux, Chloe Sprague, McKenzie Thompson, Lauren Baugh, Heaven Brown, Taylor Hutter, Chipper Jones, Echo Merryman, Destany Moore, April Osburne, Kevin Pollard III, Michala Reynolds, Jasmine Schoon, Jessica Schoon, Alexander Smith, Austin Smith, Morgan Ward, Destany Williams
Row 3: Emma Booth, Caleb Brannon, Kaitlyn Daniel, Ian Ledford, Liam Morris, Kimi Motley, Laurissa Ragan, Jack Roberts IV, Olivia Rolland, Paige White, Lauren York, Sonny Botts, Hannah Cooper, William Copeland, Corbin Dawson, Paul DeClerck, Brandi Moore, Hunter Soliday, Shyanne Tiner, Emily Turman, Cydni Barcus, Jacob Carter, Charles Fuller, Megan Gardner
Back Row: Daxton Beck, McKenzie Bicknell, Ty Brannon, Matthew Clay, Kimberly Darling, Zaine Eaves, Thomas Fugate, Nathan Gentry, Nicholas Gipson, Danielle Granger, Courtney Lee Hill, Lyndee Jackson, Shania Jim, Mallory Loftin, Savanna Marlow, Sarah McMaster, Brylee Reasor, Kobe Riley, Dazy Ringwald, Chayza Saunders, Jared Tenequer, Brandon Thomas, Cole Walker, Dustie Williamson


GEAR UP Camp 5: McAlester 8th grade and Panama

Front Row: Telissa Call, Kaylia Coleman, Izaak Dickey, Chasity Huffman, Leleana Martinez, Courtney Phillips, MariahDee Polzin, Victoria Ryan, Lacey Arreola, Thomas Barton, Shaylee Bookout, Damian Breshears, Lucas Cable, Morgan Creekmore, Jonathan Delcid, Kristen Dobbs, Christopher Dungan, Donovan Evans, Madison Frazier and Jasmen Garcia
Row 2: Katelyn Gipson, Tyler Harrison, Matthew Helmer, Caroline Higgins, Kylie Hixson, Kacie Johnson, Kaitlyn King, Aislynn Lancaster, Areanna Landrum, Broedy Mitchamore, Steven Mitchell, Kate Namuhmuh, Pamela Patton, Angelia Postoak, Antonette Salazar, Angel Sharpe, Courtney Smith, Austin Timmons, Naja Washington, Noah Westfall and Brooke Wilkins
Back Row: Latrell Armstrong, Christine O’Neil, Kyle Willkom and Rachel Anderson


GEAR UP Camp 6: Hartshorne, LeFlore, McCurtain, Panola and Stringtown

Front Row: Christine O’Neil, Rachel Anderson, Kyle Willkom and Latrell Armstrong
Row 2: Morgan Arledge, Zachary Bennett, Gabriela Bernal, Noah Daniels, Lacey Kinnikin, Blake Lindley, Andres Lujano, Jax Mendenhall, Jaiden Ockletree, Sydney Thomas, Skyler Whitfield, Kaitlan Wilson, Ashton Wise, Sadie Brown, Cash Hampton, Ailia Heilman, Brittiney Jurczak, Sam Knight, Donovan Mills, Alisia Palma and Tilor Reagan
Row 3: Grace Robinson, Daniel Rodriguez, Jerra Scott, Emily Sinclair, Sarah Spurlock, Jackie Sullivan, Karlie Young, Kendra Blaylock, Matthew Blaylock, Bailey Booth, Brylea Cooper, Ashton Culwell, Cody Dill, Sean Lindsey, Hallie Lovell, MaKayla Lovell, Tristion Marris, Trace Murdock, Brooklyn Nixon, Gillian Pennington and Donavaugh Williams
Back Row: Aaron Ayliffe, Jesse Cantrell, Rosetta Coley, Allison Corcoran, Noah Guoladdle, Skylar Hammons, Tyler Holliday, Sandra Karstens, Eddy Keeling, Tanner Milligan, Jade Allen, Tyson Clinton, Destiny Cook, Rylee Dunlap, Landon Hawkins, Gracie Jackson, Hollis Magby, Zeke Sherrard, Aron Smith and Ryan Thompson


GEAR UP Camp 7: Krebs, Rattan, Tannehill, Whitesboro and Wilburton

Front Row: Taylor Gunion, Cory Long, Zoee Lovett, Brett Pemberton, Xander Pemberton-Ames, Reuben Picotte, William Sears, Kyle Tannehill, Daisy Welch, Ivan Baker Jr., Brooke Campbell, Michaela Cayton, Elisha Crow, Gage Haddox, Matt Harris, Wyatt Harris, Christopher Heady, Lauren Heady, Robert Hemingway and Desarae Jordan
Row 2: Shania Lawrence, Marin McClellan, Hannah O'Day, Zack Prewitt, Kayleigh Robertson, Caitlin VanWorth, Kathryn Wilson, Dustin Womack, Ashley Free, Kaliyah Ledbetter, Kenneth McCarroll, Carleigh Medley, Kaitlyn Michael, Salestreal Scarpello, Madalynn Weeks, Montana Weeks, Megan Brown, John Cranford III, Caleb Henry and Dillon Meashintubby
Row 3: Harley Roba, Lexi Allen, Noah Babcock, Allison Ballard, Devon Cox, Tyler Crabtree, Justin Fite, Maegan Fite, Robert Gill, Hannah Gockel, Sam Goddard, Anthony Hernandez, Beth Higdon, Marra Juarez, Brooke Knight, Levi Knight, Cutler Lacy, Tre LaMere, Michaela Lessel and Jennifer Montana
Back Row: Rachel Anderson, Kyle Willkom, Ujayi Patel, Allena Perry, Cameron Potts, Riley Quinn, Scotlin Rizor, Rachel Scott, Allison Sellers, Zachary Sims, Cheyanne Sinor, Sierra Smith, Charles Sorrell, Raygan Stanford, Allisa Tavares, Trey White, Nealy Williams, Samuel Wilson, Lawrence Wood, Hunter Wright, Latrell Armstrong and Christine O’Neil

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