Rising seventh and eighth students “Ignite Belief” at Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP summer leadership camps


WILBURTON, OK (July 10, 2018) – Eight hundred–eighty students from across the southeastern Oklahoma came together at Eastern Oklahoma State College over the past several weeks to develop their leadership skills, give back to their community, and begin to ignite the belief that college is in their future.

EOSC GEAR UP worked with FOCUS Training to design and deliver eight, three-day leadership camps. Because this is the first year the students are taking part in GEAR UP, the goal of the camps was to ignite the leaders within and incite positive changes in the students. Highlights of the camps included:

  • Community Service—students designed placemats that will be combined with meals packages sent out with Meals On Wheels of Oklahoma
  • Low ropes adventure course to build confidence and challenge management skills
  • Action planning where students set five goals related to short- and long-term academic and social success
  • Presentations–students gave presentations on how they plan to use their set goals to make a change in their lives and their community
  • Friends and fun! The camp is interactive and fun for all who participated

Camps were especially exciting for the students because they got a chance to experience what it’s like to live and work on a college campus. From living in the residence halls, having fun in the gym and pool, eating in the campus cafeteria, to working in college classrooms, the students really had the opportunity to feel like they were in college.

The leadership development sessions were as follows:

  • GO BIG Vision—Students were challenged with completing several tasks in a limited time. After the first time, they learned how to set and accomplish goals to be more successful in completing the task during the second round.
  • GO BIG Team—The students had to learn how to work as a team to build a product. They were introduced to the Teamwork Mountain, which is a step-by-step process to build, manage, and be part of an effective team.
  • GO BIG Talk—Students learned how to use creativity and innovation to overcome communication barriers that they may face in their schools and how to use these experiences to navigate future barriers.
  • GO BIG Image—Students explored the nature of self-perception and allowed teams to get a better understanding of the value of diversity and uniqueness of individuals.
  • GO BIG Think—Teams had to think critically and creatively to solve puzzles that forced them to harness their collective brainpower to unlock the codes.

After successfully completing all workshops and camp events, students attended a graduation where they each received a certificate. Additionally, special awards were given out for teamwork, enthusiasm and participation.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern will receive more than $17 million during a seven-year period to help students and educators in 39 partner schools. The camp was free to GEAR UP participants.

The first summer camp, May 31–June 2, included students from Cameron, Clayton, Eufaula 6th grade, Keota, Lane and Panola. Front Row: Chloe Albertson, Dale Beshears, Ashley Booth, Alexis Collins, Shelby Fitzer, Emmy Johnson, Wade Pendergrass, Xavier Wiley, Dawson Addington, Lizzie Allison, Brendon Champlin, Carli Cox, Katie Cox, Courtney Grey, Nathan Hairrell, Katie Heldermon, Charity Isom, Maggie Johnico, Anthony Kreiner, Donald Locke, Douglas Merritt, Darrin Morris, Hunter Noah, and Sarah Percifield. Row 2: Marlin Percifield IV, Jessca Pike, Abbie Robbins, Natalie Scarberry, Emma Smith, Noah Steudeman, Hanna Bascue, Carmen Bowen, Sarah Brown, Summer Brown, Kaden Cragg, Courtney Doolittle, Gannon Dozier, Natalie England, Kamree Fry, Isabela Garrette, Brianna Gilley, Sydney Jones, Skylar Kess, Michael Lee, Ming Lin, Lexie Linn, Keith McGuire, Landon Mills. Row 3: Brandi Murrell, Sophia Plowman, Andrew Robinson, Abby Savage, Bryan Scarborough, Xander Smith, Ciceley Stevens, Ryan Swepston, Cory Thomas, Kaycee Thomas, Gavin Watkins, Jayden Watkins, Kiera Williams, Prudence Yahola, Teressa Young-Hilburt, Raylin Ballard, Kecher Bustos, Devan Dority, Garrett Doss, Mason Edwards, Javin Foster, Cassidy Hickman, Gunner Hill, and Kasper Kates. Row 4: Emilee Lanoy, Jastin Long, Kirsten McCaroll, Carrick Meglemre, Kaylee Nixon, Alexander Pickle, Layce Price, Brandy Raper, Anahi Remero, Malie Shaw, Alyssa Sizemore, Kira Watie, Camree White, Jalie Williams, Jaycie Bingham, Shay Birchfield, Kaden Briggs, Libbie Bush, Trenton Carriger, Trinitee Cline, Chayden Cravins, Dace Crews, Natalie Fritcher, Ruthie Goodson, and Julia Harwood. Back Row: JJ Henry, Riley Henry, Carlison Hopper, Joe Howard, Taylor Jackson, Lucas Maiden, Erik Miller, Katelyn Mosley, Jayden Nichols, Lacey Pittman, Meg Rector, Nicole Silvers, Bradley Skipworth, Evan Smith, Laikyn Smith, McKenzi Watson, Gavyn Acklin, Raygan Ashby, Toby Drake, Madalyn Elder, Matthew Hicke, Aiana Holman, Makayla Matthews, Cheyenne Scott and Malayah Smith.

The second summer camp, June 4–6, included students from Crowder, Poteau 6th grade, Shady Point, Whitesboro and Wilburton. Front Row: Cooper Allison, Samantha Amos, Logan Anderson, Abby Banks, Grace Beaubien, Kelton Bloxham, Kevin Brown, Trevor Chancellor, Hadley Dieters, Allen Everly, Royce Florenzano, Sunny Ford, Hanna Franklin, Paige Golden, Jacob Graber, Kayleigh Hardin, Johnny Holley, Gabe Hubbard, Abbie Lott, Skyler Lusk, Logan Owens, Hayven Perry, AbbyAnn Rentie, Katelyn Shannon, Eden Steves, Lucas Storment, Daustin Thomas, Braxton Thompson, Madison Vieux, Jesse Waldridge, Kaedynce Williams, Daniel Willie, and Carlos Acevedo. Row 2: Brenna Adams, Caleb Andrews, Emma Baker, Brooklyn Balido, Jace Bandy, Leah Barnard, Killion Barnes, Kirsten Bebermeyer, Willow Birchfield, Zachery Bost, Natalie Brewton, Alexandra Browder, Chloe Brown, Alicia Bruno, Savanna Bryan, Brandon Carshall, Bictoria Castillo, Teresa Cazares, Lesley Correa, Annika Dill, Asher Dunn, Chase Earn, Christena Espinoza, Logan Faulkner, Jason Flanagan, Mason Francis, Claudia Gabriel, Brooklyn Garner, Haleigh Garrett, Cristian Gavina, Braeden Gerdes, Cooper Gillham, and Hailey Hunt. Row 3: Jessenia Jacinto, Melody Jones, Shayley Killian, Sydney Killian, James King, Lucas Lamphere, Kayden Lewing, Kenli Lovell, James Lowe III, Joshua Luke, Belen Matias, Cassandra Maul, Kenneth Millard, Christopher Munoz, Kayda Ocampo, Parker Patterson, Kambri Poor, Jacob Ramirez, Darrel Richmond, John Robertson, McKenzie Rosso, Oscar SanJuan, James Sisco, Eli Solomon, Alexia Staats, Kaylee Stoughton, Alexis Stryffeler, Lea Taylor, Karmyn Thompson, Colby Tucker, Bethany Warren, Chloe Wecker, and Kaden Williams. Row 4: Daniel Zheng, Dylan Demoret, Cathleen Edwards, Annetta Jones, Sarah Jones, Bethanie Rogers, Boo Bailey, Brayden Beshears, Darah Cole, Maura Cole, Linley Collins, Em Gibson, Madison Grogan, Michael Hamner, Keyda Harris, Sawyer Kennedy, Tristan McMurrian, Demika Mortensen, Stormie Bloxham, Katelyn Brown, Brookelyn Cannon, Miranda Cheek, Troy Clark, Angelina Cook, Trista Cooper, Anastasia Crane, Alanna Danel, Raileigh Ellis, Jet Flener, Alexis Gragg, Maddyson Gragg, Kora Hagman, and Nathan Harkins. Back Row: Rustin Herren, Felicity Hill, Trinity Hill, John Hulsey II, Lily Jessie, Jayvon Leckelt, Allie Lowe, Cordel Lowry, Sarah Martinez, Jaron Milligan, Kaydance Morman, Dalton Pate, Logan Pelt, Andrew Pixley, Louisa Quinones, Shawn Rashall, Kassandra Rector, Kahlan Reeves, Charli Robbins, Lindsey Roberts, Malaya Sanchez, Brianna Shavalier, McKellyn Shavalier, Savannah Spencer, Michael Tan, Tegan Tilley, Sierra Underwood, Kambrie Wadsworth, Destiny Ward, Heidi White, Casey Williams and Olivia Yeager.

The third summer camp, June 7-9, included students from Atoka, McAlester 7th grade, Panama and Quinton. Front Row: Selah Arterberry, Bryanna Barcus, Sidney Barcus, Adam Bayles, Cioni Brown, Parker Burrage, Johannah Campbell, John Chaffin, Ginger Cochran, Jocelyn Cochran, Lucy Cochran, Reagan Cochran, Rian Coulter, Alexia Cross, Allison Feb, Lacie Gardner, John Gibbons, Ashlynn Granger, Heath Grimley, Brandi Hall, Amairah Hill, Aven Hill, Tyrell Hill Jr, Tyler La and Zachary Lewis. Row 2: Anthony McGee, Aeden Mullen, Victoria Payne, Alexis Reichert, Sydney Rember, Kollin Ritchie, Kyleigh Ritchie, Hailey Self, Noah Sherrill, Leah West, Abigail Whisman, Emily Armstrong, Brennan Barchenger, Elic Bishop, RosLynn Bowman, Matthew Corcoran, Live Dowless, Bernnie Fletcher, Christy Granneman, Gerald Harmon, Emma Harrison, Haylee Jarrett, Kaston Kirkpatrick and Katie Lott. Row 3:, Mallori Marchant, Magen Monks, Joshua Moore, Takayla Moton-Brown, Jaya Neupane, Isaac Smith, Kimberly Ruth West, Garrett Wilson, Lydia Zachary, Hailey Blair, Mason Cameron, Krista Dotson, Harley Dyer, Lilliana Jimenez, Nelson Liddy, William Linne, Harvey McClain, Hailey Mead, Haley Phillips, Rachel Prince, Ashlynne Self, Ripley Self, Sara Skelton, Katelynn Smith and Pyper Stalsworth. Back Row: Morgan Swiontek, JaMarion Warren, Abbigail Wilson, Emily Wilson, Alyssa Yoakum, Allison Ballard, Brett Barnes, Madison Bray, Dusty Bush, Blake Chesney, Cooper Cloud, Josiah Fitzer, Avory Gilpatrick, Dristan Harber, Chesney Higgins, Jaycee Holley, Ella McBeath, Joshua McClary, Prentis Morris, Anniston Needham, Johnie Needham, Ryland Owens, Hailey Ritter, Colin Sustaire and Cadence Williams.

The fourth summer camp, June 11-13, included students from Buffalo Valley, Harmony, Krebs, McCurtain, Poteau 7th grade and Pittsburg. Front Row: Cyrena Bull, Zane Collins, Brenden Earls, Hunter McPherson, Connor Mills, Ashlyn Phillips, Connor Phillips, Logan Randell, Hazen Sparks, Kinlee Coyle, Derek Fritcher, Cade Humphrey, Bryanna Kenyon, Elektra Kenyon, Alexis LeFlore, Sarah McGuire, Riggin Moore, Isabelle Orozco, Rylee Rector, Abby Roland, Cadence Simpson, Linkon Stiles, Aerial Ackel, Brooklynn Allsup, Brooklyn Bedford, Lindsey Beshear, Evan Black, and Joseph Collins. Row 2: Tracyn Eldridge, Brandin Ellis, Ayden Hayes, Lane Johnson, Rayne Johnson, Jacob Keith, Kyra Kennedy, Braxton LeFlore, Chants LeFlore, Alyssa Loudermilk, Kaleen Pelfrey, Elias Pemberton, Serenitee Pemberton, Mia Rannebarger, Ashley Saavedra, Collin Sanders, Hailie Shreffler, Robert Stillwell, Brooklynn Sumner, Gage Womack, Rylee Zerbe, Levi Ashe, Lucas Bond, Christian Culwell, Clayne Honeycutt, Katelyn Johnson, Cadence Myers, McKinlee Myers, and Faith Resendiz. Row 3: Sydnie Tackett, Braydan Ward, Akira Bethel, Chyanne Brickell, Sisnie Brookfield, Breckin Castillo, Meagan Clark, Akira Clemmons, Haley Cowan, Kennedy Cox, Logan Edwards, Alexia Fitzpatrick, Taylor Ford, Breanna Foster, Jezebel Gabriel, Christopher Garcia, Nicholas Garcia, Selena Giron, Derek Goodyear, Logan Gray, Hannah Hicks, Tegan Hickson, Kymber Hinson, Wyatt Holt, Breezie Kneisley, Riley Lane, Alexa Mabala, Damaris Martinez, and Marlin Martinez. Back Row: Cody McCoy, Christian Owens, Nikolas Potter, Allison Reed, Peter Restine IV, Salvador Reyes Jr, Paige Rice, Andrew Riley, Alexis Rivera, Jesse Roberson, Aaron Smith, Melanie Solito, Jace Stacy, Samantha Stevens, Payton Stover, Karoline Thornburg, Aleena Tippit, Lilly Ann Tramel, Hailey Treat, Carleigh Underwood-Parham, Skyler Watkins, Hailey Whitecotton, Levi Willhite, Cameryn Brown, Collin Casper, Jadyn Overton, Danny Pierce, Ledgen Pierce and Ruben Wilkett.

The fifth summer camp, June 14-16, included students from Canadian, Rattan, Spiro and Wister. Front Row: Damian Alcala, Daniel Alcala III, Raymond Alexander, Seagar Azlin, Destiny Bell, Jasmine Chacon, Abby Crabtree, Nikita Crain, Brook Davis, Kaylee Dever, Quinna Frank, Baylie Gardner, Jentri Green, Amber Hampton, Checotah Lee, Choctaw Lee, Ryan Lewis, Seneca Loma, Kirsten Martin, Ava Moreno, Nella Nash, Stetson Peek, and April Reiland. Row 2: Madison Roberts, Colten Rousey, Reese Russell, Jonathon Sanders, Alaina Senna, Mitchell Tanner, Dalaina Watson, Janson West, Angel Williams, Joshua Wilson, Gavin Wooten, Beckett Bailey, Zoe Courtwright, Lainey Dunlap, Chasity Fairless, Haley Gantt, Joseph Gunnels, Benjamin Janoe, Dakota Nelson, Zayda Penner, Kaidan Roberts, Brianna Schaffer, and Cutter Teague. Row 3: Moriah Tollett, Travis Turner II, Nosherwan Adil, Tavion Badger, Justice Barnes, Nicholas Baxter, Logan Carter, Coy Clark, Nevaeh Clark, Chelsea Craig, David Cranford, Nicola Damato, Kaydon Goff, Ecacia Hawkins, Ilizabeth Howell, Brooklyn Jack, Caleb Jones, Chariety Lord, Calvin McKinney, Piper Morris, Nathaniel Parker, Alexander Perdue, and Gabriel Perez. Back Row: Morelia Perez, Sonya Perry, Bradley Restine, Baylor Riley, Joel Romero, Ellijah Schneider, Tanek Shea, Cheyenne Taylor, Jada Wallis, Aidan Wind, Lindsey Wortham, Alexis Brooks, Hunter Cole, Daneta Elder, Danica Elder, Tyler Elmore, Desiree Hall, Deion Knowlen, Noah Logan, Jordan Makory, Alissa Pilkington, Katelynn Reddin, Natileigh Rodgers and Kaleb Siler.

The sixth summer camp, June 18-20, included Coalgate, Frink-Chambers, McAlester 6th grade and Pittsburg. Front Row: Christian Boyd, Madison Campbell, Kierra Gore, Faith Grant, Isaiah Holt, Journey Holt, Trista Horn, Delaney James, Errika Lowe, Aaron Mauk, Zoey McDonald, Peter Nguyen, Elisa Palmer, Caleb Perry, Sean Sutterfield, Emma Thomas, Laren Traylor, Caleb West, Noah Williams, McKaya Aldridge, Lily Blankenship, Gabriel Bullard, Sophia Calistro and MaCala Clifton. Row 2: Christopher Cornish, Benjamin Creech, Adam Dixon, Madison Fields, Kelsie Harden, Logan Harden, Parker Horton, Evan Jackson, Evan Lake, Phoneix Lee, Rory Marlow, Noah McCarty, Nataya Meashintubby, Raina Meashintubby, Brody Pascale, Camryn Pizano, Keyila Reed, Kaylee Rich, Sahara Smith, Ally Tabor, Desiree Torres, Braxton Tucker, Jimmye Tyson-McCall, Madelyn Allen and Aleida Alvarez. Row 3: Nova Auten, Jaycee Berry, Braylin Bowden, Addison Bowman, Garrett Buxton, Riley Calistro, Adrian Campos, Jaiden Chaney, Lei Lani Chatman, Nolan Chlebik, Logan Clapp, Faith Cockerhan, Audrey Comer, Eiden Cooper, Payton Davis, Layne DeTello, Madelynn Fassino, Kaydance Ford, Axton Gibson, Jackson Goodner, Kaden Hearod, Haylee Ibarra, Chris Johnson and Tanner Jones. Row 4: Taylor Jones, Logan Killingsworth, Carter Lance, Riley Lane, Brayden Lardi, Josh Latham, Jaxon Lauerman, Caden Lesnau, Laney Lewis, Mattie Lewis, Callie Martin, Haylee Martin, Brandon McDaniel, Laynie McDowell, Jesus Mendez, Armani Montgomery, Primus Moore, Ganon Mullins, A. J. Murray, Shawn Painter Jr., Chalen Paulus, Bryce Pearson, Amery Perron and Garrett Pickett. Back Row: Jada Ponce, Autumn Richey, Brenndon Rivera, Junior Rodriguez, Karis Rogers, Havyn Rupp, Kylee Shelton, Megan Sherwood, Ayden Shumway, Brianna Simmons, Ava Staton, Melanie Swartzlander, Domanick Swing, Carter Vaughan, Ethan Watkins, Baylee Weeks, Macie Wells, McKenna Westfall, William Wigginton, Will Caudill, Hayden Labor, Cole Myers, Presley Powell, Matthew Rice and William Shannon.

The seventh camp, June 21-23, included Bokoshe, Eufaula 7th grade, Haileyville, LeFlore, Moyers, Savanna and Stringtown. Front Row: Calee Conway, Nathaniel Crow, Trajan Deleplank, Boone Downing, Jonathon Goodman, Hunter Jones, Kody Lockhart, Holden McDaniel, Tyler Sanderson, Austin Treat, Jackson Walters, Kaitlyn Weaver, Brycen Battles, Mickenzie Buday (Martin), Dakoda Chronister, Rose Excell, Jacob Maddox and Madison Matney. Row 2: Jilyenne McIntosh, Evan Mote, Serenity Ools, Willow Poling, Zachary Smith, Johnathan Standfell, Elizabeth Summers, Ryder Walling, Brailey Blue, Annie Dawson, Jenessa Dugger, Macie Graves, Hailey Hancock, Akiera Hawk, Brennan Kuykendall, Frankie Labor, James Meek and C-aira Ranells. Row 3: Cameron Sensibaugh, Mariah Shamasco, Elijah Tackett, Nicolae Underwood, Alanna Williams, Cheslor Brown, Serena Cox, Sara Ellis, Thayden Ingle, Rylan Luman, Christopher Porter, Brianna Bagley, Madison Buchanan, Rebecca Napier, Jillian Nored, Kamie Thomas, Michael Clifton and Jaedon Dan. Back Row: Candace Jewell, Nadia Jordan, Emily Martin, Lane Martin, Destiny McCoy, Brianna Nester, Kayleigh Post, Allena Ray, Mason Richison, Mahli Rogers, Audrie Rowell, Courtney Smith, Garrett Tollett, Alexis Walton, Abigail Whorton, Lilly Bray and Gabriel Lukey.

The eighth camp, June 25–27, included Antlers, Hartshorne, Howe, Indianola and Porum. Front Row: Krista Akard, Alley Broomfield, Carmen Broomfield, Haydn Bryant, Abigail Cannon, Emily Cannon, Gavin Carriger, Garrett Cowett, Hannah Foster, Hunter Henry, Jordan Kellogg, Sir Kellogg, Sammy Loftis, Devin McClain, Mari Moon, Sean Moon, Teresa Nester, Conner Owens, Timothy Paredes, Micah Parkins and Sarah Powers. Row 2: James Ranallo, Zander Rinehart, Ethan Schoeni, Sage Smallwood, Keeley Teafatiller, Tristen Townsend, Dravin Walker, Kristen Watson, Dalton Wolfe, Kasidy Young, Graci Baldwin, Payden Battle, Sofia Camp, Makadyn Eddy, Dylan Keeling, Micheal Keeling, Dylan Parks, Jaxxon Rizor, Dylan Staples, Joseph Tiner III and Brooklyn Wright. Row 3: Jazmine Benson, Jaimie Cauthen, Nicholas Hopkins, Shelby Jones, Nataly Juarez, Bethany Box, Kaleb Johnston, Easton Mann, Micah McNeil, Alexis Sampson, Marni Thacker, Ciarah Barbee, Houstin Barnes, Jeremiah Brady, Brayden Catron, Kaitlyn Clifton, Zadie Clifton, Kalhyb Flynn, Hailee Goodner, Randal Gwinn and Jett Henson. Back Row: Craig Hood, Jeremy Johnson, Blake Jones, Rawley Killingsworth, Austin McCarter, Jacob McCarter, Cadge Meckle, Chase Meckle, Hydee Mills, Elizabeth Mooney, Genifer Palermo, Courtney Pease, Graci Pennington, Jacqueline Pevehouse, Leah Smith, Luke Spradlin, Brayden Stinnett, Gabriel Tallon, Gracie Tiger, Anthony White and Michael Wright Jr.

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