For the past couple of years, only two students from Prescott have been selected to participate in the annual Cougar Quest summer camp. The feedback that we received from these students was all positive and that is what led site director Scott Branson to make a change in the number of students who get selected to go. The excitement over Cougar Quest from the students who had gone before is what led to this change. This year, Prescott GEAR UP will be sponsoring 8 Jr. High students to go on the 6 day camp that exposes students to the real life on a college campus. Students who wanted to go this year were asked to write an essay about how GEAR UP has helped them be more successful in the classroom. Prescott GEAR UP site director Scott Branson felt this was a great opportunity for students to learn more about life as a college student. In order to motivate them to do well in the classroom now, the GEAR UP program is hoping to show them what their future can be like if they chose to pursue a college degree.
Students received their registration packets and are getting prepared for the trip by focusing on being good students in the classroom. Lead tutor Joaquin Avalos will also be joining the group of 8 students for the first time. He has been there in previous years to see the students board the bus, but this time Joaquin will get to join his students for the camp but for different reasons. " For me, it is a chance to see the kids in a different environment and I hope to see them make the most of it. I remember when I was young; it really meant a lot to be able to go visit a college campus."