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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student receives leadership award during state GEAR UP Week


Mercedes Adams, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was one of 25 students recognized in a ceremony in the State Capitol recently as part of the first Kentucky GEAR UP Week Celebration.

More than 100 students, parents and educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize the GEAR UP Kentucky Students of the Year for their leadership among their peers, personal accomplishments and academic achievements.

Mercedes Adams is a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. As a future first generation college student and one of the top students in her class, she says "GEAR UP has helped me focus and narrow in on colleges and their expectations and helped me stand out. I would like to help other GEAR UP students like myself stand out."  (Photo Provided)

Mercedes Adams is a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. As a future first generation college student and one of the top students in her class, she says “GEAR UP has helped me focus and narrow in on colleges and their expectations and helped me stand out. I would like to help other GEAR UP students like myself stand out.” (Photo Provided)

GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded program designed to create a sustainable college-going culture and increase the number of students who stay in school and succeed in postsecondary education.

Adams was named as Paul Laurence Dunbar High School 2015-16 GEAR UP Student of the Year in spring 2016. GEAR UP Students of the Year are identified by program staff as an emerging student leader in good academic standing with proven leadership among their peers and consistent participation in program and school activities. All nominated students submitted a video essay entitled “What GEAR UP Means to Me.”

Kentucky currently has four GEAR UP programs: the state grant administered by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and three GEAR UP partnership grants led by Berea College. Combined, these programs help more than 46,000 Kentucky students and families in 130 low-income middle and high schools understand how to plan, apply and pay for college.

For more information about GEAR UP KY, visit this site or follow GEAR UP KY on Twitter.

From CPE Communications


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