GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS (GEAR UP)

DAYTON, Katie's Success Story HOH II

As the seniors’ deadlines and “to-do-lists” are being completed, Katie Thompson is ahead of the game. She has been accepted to Eastern Washington University in Cheney Washington. Her plan will include transferring to the Washington State University Extension in Spokane to begin the nursing program. GEAR UP site manager, Spring Wessels, had been helping Katie the last couple months with paperwork for her FAFSA student aid, scholarships, and college application. She conveyed deep appreciation for Spring and the help she received through the GEAR UP program.

Katie also accredited Dayton GEAR UP for her inspiration in pursuing a higher education. During her involvement with GEAR UP, she attended almost every event GEAR UP offered since 7th grade. She smiled as she thought about the time she attended a college football game during one of those events.It was during a college trip when she decided she CAN and SHOULD go to college, and her dream began.

Katie is an example what GEAR UP students can do when they put forth the effort. She reflects the effects of what can be accomplished in an educational setting. We are very proud of Katie and her accomplishments. Katie states, “Having taken College Readiness Class will help me make the transition from a high school student to a college student, and I am excited and confident I will succeed.”

Dayton GEAR UP In-Class Presentation

During the months of October and November, Dayton HS GEAR UP was privileged to have Myra and Claudia, who are student and parent outreach specialists from WSU Tri-Cities, do In-class Presentations on “College Access Information.” We had a total of 115 students participating each month. Powerpoint slides and games were used to engage student’s participation; they also enjoyed a little competitiveness. The game enjoyed most was the Career game. The students received a career with play money and had to budget for a month.  

Some students were given degrees and some only had a high school diploma with their career.  They soon realized how important a degree is to support their life styles. Students learned that cost of dormitory/apartment living, food, books, and personal items such as cell phones, gas for your car, and coffee are all costs aside from tuition. The most important lesson learned was that all students can attend and graduate from college no matter their income status or background. A big thank you to Myra and Claudia who were building relationships with the students while offering practical and emotional support. 

It’s all About the Seniors for Dayton GEAR UP

It’s all about ordering caps and gowns, bringing baby pictures for the year book, choosing colleges, writing essays, applications and waiting for that acceptance letter. Seniors at Dayton High School are GEARing UP toward graduation. One event that started the seniors in their last high school year was freshmen orientation. Five seniors came with words of wisdom from their own experiences and encouraged the freshmen to start thinking now about their life after high school

Senior Haley Puckett said; “Since this is my last year of high school, I am trying to be a part of as many school activities as possible.” Haley has already been accepted into a college. Some seniors are taking more rigorous curriculum trying to get their GPA’s up, while others are taking classes from a community college. It will end all too soon for these seniors and we are glad that they  went through AVID classes and the GEAR UP Program, which is helping them make the choices they need to make. In January, GEAR UP is planning a FAFSA night for seniors and parents to learn about filing the FAFSA for financial aid to colleges.

Dayton’s New Student Tutor for GEAR UP HOH III

Dayton GEAR UP has hired a new student tutor to help cohort tutoring, especially in math.  Haley Puckett is a senior at Dayton High School and presently taking College Prep Math (14). She has taken Algebra I and II and Geometry which qualifies to help students in math.  Currently Haley has a 3.6 GPA. She has been involved with the GEAR UP program through her Middle/High School years and has participated in a number of GEAR UP events. Haley greets our 3rd period students with a smile, and a great attitude. She is also in tune with the teacher’s plans and participates as needed. Her plans for college are to attend Northwest Nazarene University located in Nampa, Idaho. She was recently accepted to the college. Here she will achieve her master’s degree in science, and then move to Bastyr University where she will fulfill her dream of becoming a certified midwife. Haley is showing her community she is responsible by being active in community services and projects. She goes beyond what is asked of her. We are proud of Haley that she allowed GEAR UP to be a part of helping her make choices for her future.

Dayton GEAR UP-Freshmen Orientation

Starting high school can be tough, but being armed with a little knowledge can help freshmen acclimate into high school. On October 8, the GEAR UP Program helped SHEO (Students Helping Each Other) sponsor an event held at the Running T Ranch. This event provided freshmen with information that will be valuable to them throughout high school and help them with any fear and trepidation. Five high school seniors came to share “Best Practices” and “Learned Lessons.” Here are some of the experiences the seniors talked about.

  • Freshmen year actually matters, so keep your grades up.
  • Avoid drama; tell people straight up that you want
  • nothing to do with it.
  • Stay clear of alcohol and drugs.
  • Start exploring your interests; take what you can handle and try lots of extracurricular activities and sports.
  • Keep a journal of all your awards and activities for your applications into college.
  • Strike a balance between work, sleep, and play.
  • Procrastination will get you nowhere.
  • Remember “You are the only one” accountable for your future.

YWCA Event Coordinator, Nancy Butler led team building activities to help the freshmen understand that entering high school is fun and serious. Structured activities were led by SHEO class advisor, Jason Noble. Jason’s activities led them outside into groups, forming new bonds by answering questions that pertained to school and life and then sharing their answers with each group. GEAR UP provided a booth with information on colleges and scholarships. Mayra and Claudia from GEAR UP WSU Tri-Cities spoke to the students about what GEAR UP can offer such as tutoring, ways to pay for college, and scholarships. The freshmen responded well and enjoyed the experience of Freshmen Orientation.

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