TIME: For Immediate Release
DATE: August 7, 2019
CONTACT: John Tompkins, Communications Coordinator
(281) 756-3551 office
SUBJECT: ACC Upward Bound Program Recognizes Student Achievement
PHOTOS: Photos from event
ACC Upward Bound Program Recognizes Student Achievement
The Alvin Community College Upward Bound program took a moment to recognize its student achievements over the past year during their annual recognition dinner on July 24.
Upward Bound seeks to motivate low-income and/or potential first-generation college students and help them develop the skills they need to complete secondary education and succeed at the postsecondary educational institution of their choice. The purpose of the program is to build confidence and self-esteem, while providing the necessary tools and guidance to foster academic success.
“Our goal is to help students prepare and succeed in higher education,” said Yolanda Warren, Upward Bound director.
Since its inception, approximately 60 percent of ACC Upward Bound students have earned a Bachelor’s Degree compared to the state average of 18 percent for all students.
“Upward Bound is here to support the academic needs of its students,” ACC Vice President of Student Services Jade Borne said during the event. “We are proud to recognize your accomplishments tonight. Your future is in your hands. I challenge you to not let anything get in your way.”
The evening’s guest speaker was former Upward Bound student Juan Gonzalez. He graduated from Alvin High School in 2014 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University this year. He is currently working in accounting with an oil and gas firm and will pursue his Master’s in Business Administration.
Gonzalez told the audience that Upward Bound was an important to his success in college because it prepared him for what he would encounter in higher education.
“If you’re in this room tonight, you’re setting yourself apart and that’s something to be proud of,” Gonzalez said. “Upward Bound has done so much for me.”
Upward Bound students receive tutoring for their classes; take campus tours of Texas and Louisiana colleges; participate in academic and athletic competitions as well as receive help applying for college and financial aid. Through a grant from the ACC Foundation, they have also taken cultural tours build interest in Texas history, Geology along with arts and sciences.
Students recently returned from a visit to St. Louis where they toured Washington University and visited various locations in the city.
Several Upward Bound students were recognized during the annual dinner for academic and leadership achievements.
Students recognized for the 2018-19 school year are:
Graduate of the Year – Priscila Delapaz
Upward Bound Student of the Year – Cynthia Delapaz
Volunteer of the Year – Walter Kennon
Rising Star – Topacio Sanchez
Spirit of Upward Bound – Kendrick Allen
Leadership Award – Andrea Juarez
Ms. Manners – Natalie Limon
Mr. Manners – Javier Paz
Good Citizen Award – Donelys Flores
Teacher of the Year – Maribel Beasely
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ACC Upward Bound student Cynthia Delapaz, center, is recognized as the program’s Student of the Year. Joining her are Upward Bound Director Yolanda Warren, left, and advisor Sharmeal Archie.
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ACC Upward Bound instructor Maribel Beasely, center, is recognized as the program’s Teacher of the Year. Joining her are Upward Bound Director Yolanda Warren, left, and advisor Sharmeal Archie.