1,300 students to attend ‘GEAR UP’ student leadership academy in Charleston

For Planning Purposes: October 20, 2015

Jessica Kennedy, Director of Communications and Outreach
Division of Student Affairs
(304) 558-0655 – office • (304) 532-0911 – cell

1,300 students to attend ‘GEAR UP’ student leadership academy in Charleston

Wednesday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A leadership academy to inform students of college options and empower them to take charge of their futures. West Virginia GEAR UP will host a leadership academy featuring a presentation from Aric Bostic,  a nationally renowned youth leadership coach. Additionally, college mascots from across West Virginia will present dance routines incorporating college information during a “Mascot Mania” dance-off contest. 


10 AM: Opening remarks featuring Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

10:20 AM: Mascot Mania competition featuring mascots from colleges across W.Va.

10:50 AM: Leadership presentation from nationally renowned speaker, Aric Bostick

11:35 AM: Closing remarks and scholarship presentation 

More than 1,300 eighth grade students participating in the West Virginia GEAR UP program. West Virginia GEAR UP serves students in ten counties, including Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt, and Wyoming counties. 

The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Maier Foundation Performance Hall, Charleston WV