For planning purposes:
When: Wednesday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What: 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 Josh Shipp, 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, and Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System
10:20 AM: Mascot Mania competition featuring mascots from colleges across W.Va.
10:40 AM: Leadership presentation from nationally renowned speaker, Josh Shipp
11:45 AM: Student presentations
12:05 PM: Scholarship awards ceremony
12:20 PM: Closing remarks
Who: More than 1,500 ninth grade students participating in the West Virginia GEAR UP program.
West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded college readiness project coordinated by the Higher Education Policy Commission. The project serves students in ten counties: Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Nicholas, Summers, Webster, Wirt, and Wyoming.
Where: The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Maier Foundation Performance Hall, Charleston, W.Va.
Note: A video summary of last year’s Student Leadership Academy is provided below.