Prosser’s GEAR UP Rising Stars!

Over the last week of September, GEAR UP at Prosser High School and Housel Middle School celebrated National GEAR UP Week. Throughout the week we held daily events for the 8th and 9th graders which included guest speakers, college spirit day, career dress up day, college trivia and a writing contest. The writing topic for the essay consisted of students explaining one advantage of going to college and discussing their “Dream” related to college or career plans. Their essays were titled “My Dream” and needed to be submitted prior to GEAR UP Week in order for winners to be selected.

Prosser GEAR UP  would like to congratulate Karter Coffman (8thgrade), Sariah Bosted (8th), Brittney Knappek (9th grade), and Elissa Saldana (9th grade) on being our National GEAR UP Week writing contest winners! We are very proud of these students and look forward to helping them achieve their dreams in the years to come. Great job and keep up the great work! These students received a goody bag as well as a dream catcher to fit the theme of their essays.

Another highlight during National GEAR UP week were presentations by Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen, Reagan Rebstock (14 year-old) And Miss Tri-Cities, 2nd runner, Logan McCoy who currently attends CBC, and Miss Prosser, Sierra Roberts at Housel Middle School and Prosser High School. The ladies spoke about the importance of working hard, career awareness, promotion of positive college preparation and reaching for their Dreams! The three ladies were awesome examples of Beauty, Talent, and Intelligence. Thank you!

GEAR UP would also, like to thank Connie Felicijan 8th Grade Teacher at Housel, Michael Denny Vice Principal at Housel , April Knight Vice Principal at Housel/Heights, and Alejandro Romero GEAR UP Student Achievement Specialist for being our writing contest judges and A Huge “ thank you” to our local sponsors who donated on behalf of PSD: Shy’s Pizza, Davey’s Burger Ranch, Mustang Grill, Golden Yan, Mary Lou’s Styling Salon, and Hogg Heaven!

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing states and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.

The WSU GEAR-UP program in Prosser, WA currently serves 8th (Housel Middle School) and 9th (Prosser High School) grade students as stated, following them through high school graduation and their first year in college. GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support activities like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

For more information about GEAR UP, please contact Bea Roland, Site Manager at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at: 1 (509) 786-1732 ext.  416. 

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