Fifty–five Antlers GEAR UP sophomores tour East Central University


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 20, 2015) – Fifty–five GEAR UP sophomores from Antlers High School recently traveled to Ada to tour the East Central University campus. Antlers students were divided into two groups. Admissions Counselor Kylie Stephens led the girls while the boys were led across campus by Area Coordinator of Housing and Residence Life Aramis Douglas.

The tour began in the Bill S. Cole University Center, where they were greeted by ECU Director of Admissions BJ Echard. Echard discussed various activities in which student participate while at ECU including intramural sports, Greek life, music and seasonal holiday activities such as a zombie game at Halloween. He encouraged the students to take the ACT test and apply for as many scholarships as they can to pay for the cost of attending college. Echard emphasized the importance of keeping good grades and maintaining a good GPA.

Students walked down the tree– and flower–lined sidewalks that make up the ECU campus. Antlers students commented how beautiful the campus looked with all the wonderfully–maintained grounds and buildings. Students saw the Boswell Memorial Chapel, Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, Education Building, Admissions Department, Faust Hall Gym, Linscheid Library and Taff Cafeteria.

Following the tour, Echard held a question/answer session with students. Then the Antlers guests enjoyed lunch in the ECU cafeteria.

“Students were impressed with the campus and people of ECU,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator LaDonna Baldwin. “Everyone was very welcoming and helpful while we were there. Many of our Antlers students voiced an interest in attending the university when they graduate from high school. It was a joy to be on campus at ECU and I look forward to returning.”

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural/educational in nature.

Antlers sophomore GEAR UP students recently touring East Central University are: Front row: Brooklyn Lampton, Taia Harris, Elaine Lester and Kortney Powell. Row 2: Micah Blevins, Chris Burnett, Kyle Schier, Tre' Taylor, Jagger Meshaya, Lee Cole, Katie Paredes, John Stout, Nolan Hargrove and Kaylea Bailey. Row 3: Joseph Maynard, Dakota Fromme, Kyler Gee, Hunter Simpson, Jachob Washington, Cason Akard, Bryce Williams, Kaylen Luginbill, Madeline Smallwood, Kaden Shetter, Natalie Little and Martina Avance. Row 4: Jake Nabors, Corbin Owens, Michael Davis and Cindi Huffman. Row 5: Corinne Fromme, Jessica Mills, Matthew Bloodworth and Alexandra Sinns. Row 6: Taylor Ingram, Taylor Breshears, Bailey Kellett and Michael Teyer. Row 7: Sabrina Cole, Deandra Wages, Bailey Woods and Taylor Hokett. Row 8: Elissa Frazier, Kylia Thompson, Nature Larkins, Eva Howser, Stormi Freeman and Shannon Keener. Row 9: Kaleb Standridge, Faith Folsom, Heather Scott and Michaela Galle. Back Row: Madison Clark, Emily Dahl, McKinley Payne and Miranda Lough

Antlers GEAR UP students tour the campus of East Central University.

ECU Area Coordinator of Housing and Residence Life Aramis Douglas leads the Antlers sophomore boys during their tour of the campus.

ECU Director of Admissions BJ Echard emphasizes the importance of maintaining good grades and doing well on the ACT test to Antlers GEAR UP sophomores.

ECU Admissions Counselor Kylie Stephens visits with Antlers sophomore girls in front of the Education Building.

ECU Admissions Counselor Kylie Stephens led the Antlers girls on their campus tour. Students are in front of the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business.

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