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September 2012

GEAR UP Youth Congress Participants Visit Oklahoma Congressmen


Eastern's GEAR UP Students.

GEAR UP students from southeastern Oklahoma recently met with congressmen from their home state during the 2012 NCCEP/GEAR UP annual conference in Washington, DC. Pictured (l to r) are Hannah Truitt, Wilburton; Cassie Girten, Clayton; Representative James Lankford; Mykah Staples, Antlers; Kimberly Heaslet, Crowder; Stephanie Cooper, Moyers; GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan; and Remington Young, Buffalo Valley.

Members of the 2012 NCCEP/GEAR UP Youth Congress recently met with congressmen from their home states to share their stories and experiences with GEAR UP. The students, who are part of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP grant program, were in Washington, DC for the annual conference.

Several of the students met with Rep. James Lankford, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Frank Lucas and Rep. Dan Boren. They presented each Congressman with a book of letters from more than 700 GEAR UP students who participated in 2012 summer camps at Eastern.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education.

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