Students of the Year awards to be given
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2016) — Twenty-five GEAR UP students from high schools across the commonwealth will be honored at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Awards will be presented for Students of the Year and Promising Appalachian Leaders In Service.
The ceremony, “Celebrating Student Voice,” is the kick-off of Kentucky’s first-ever GEAR UP Week Celebration, recognizing emerging high school student leaders from the GEAR UP programs. Featured speakers include GEAR UP students, Council on Postsecondary Education president Bob King and Aaron Thompson, interim president of Kentucky State University and board chair of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.
Following the ceremony, tours of the Capitol will be offered and all GEAR UP students, parents and school staff are invited to Kentucky State University for lunch and other activities.
GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a national college readiness effort funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Kentucky’s four GEAR UP programs serve 133 middle and high schools in 55 school districts across Kentucky with large populations of low-income students.