Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Southeastern Oklahoma State University


WILBURTON (Oct. 9, 2014) – Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK. Students visited the Bloomer Sullivan Basketball Arena, the radio station (KSSU) in the Fine Arts building, Shearer Residence Hall and Suites, and concluded their tour at the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

The outing provided the students with a firsthand look at life on a college campus. Students spoke to a representative at the radio station and then took a walking tour past the baseball and football fields on their way to the Bloomer Sullivan Basketball Arena. Later the students met Bolt, the mascot for the Savage Storm. The tour ended with lunch in the student union. Throughout the tour, guides spoke about various aspects of life as a college student at Southeastern and answered questions.

College tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP grant program as students gain a glimpse of life on a college campus.

“It’s vital to give students a first–hand look at colleges and universities,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Melissa Juarez. “So many students do not realize what opportunities are available to them. GEAR UP is working to help students realize their potential and reach their dreams.”

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.

Students met Bolt the Bison; the mascot for the Southeastern Savage Storm.
Pictured (Front): Kaycee Hollingback
2nd Row (L-R): Mariah Wolfe, Journey Dees-West, Anthony Hernandez
3rd Row (L-R): Maegan Fite, Halea Oller, Tyler Crabtree, Rachel Scott, Karley Anderson, Allie Sellers
4th Row (L-R): Jennifer Montana, Jordan Stanford, Lauryn Rader, Maddie Blake, Lexy Allen, Nealy Williams
Back Row (L-R): Robert Gill, Levi Knight, Tanner Killingsworth, Nate Ivanoff, Tyler Holliday, and Austin Seely

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