More than 250 high school students from Southwest Missouri spent the last six weeks experiencing college first hand through the Upward Bound Summer Prep Academy at Crowder College, Neosho.

More than 250 high school students from Southwest Missouri spent the last six weeks experiencing college first hand through the Upward Bound Summer Prep Academy at Crowder College, Neosho.  
Upward Bound is one of nine TRIO programs offered at Crowder and is a federally funded program designed to provide educational access to income eligible, first generation, and/or disabled students. Each summer, students who were accepted into the Upward Bound program last fall move onto campus, into the dorms, for a six week college prep academy.  The opportunity provides students the chance to complete a course of college preparatory study designed to equip them for success in their post-secondary education.   The students are currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school.  
Once accepted in the program, students remain in Upward Bound for the remainder of their high school years. The current group was accepted after making application last fall and attended a Closer to College course at Crowder one Saturday each month from October through May.
Students reported to campus on May 30 and moved into the dorms as part of the campus experience. Students had four hours in their core subject and three hours of research weekly. Courses included Crime and Punishment, Psychology of Crime, Digital Storytelling,: Music Appreciation Through The Ages, Aggin' It On, Droning On,Shark Tank, Mussel Beach, Public Relations and Marketing, Read, Run, Repeat, Exploring 3-D, So, You Think You Want To Be A Doctor, Teaching the Exceptional Child, Around the World in 18 Days with a Camera, and To Infinity and Beyond.
Classroom instruction, research, and field trips were part of the program Monday through Thursday each week. On Wednesday, June 28, each class presented a showcase highlighting their area of student and their research.  
The presentations took place in the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Crowder main campus is Neosho. Each class had approximately fifteen minutes to present their projects. Morning presentations were from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. and then from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The Digital Storytelling: Music Through The Ages students interviewed senior citizens, many of which were born during or just before World War II.  Their presentation shared some of their memories that focused on music and included some favorite songs from those who were interviewed. Area entertainer Max Brown, now age eighty, was among those interviewed.
Upward Bound students Tyler Brawley and Kalyn Whitney presented 'Music and Memory'.  Their presentation concluded with a performance of the song 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' with the music provided by students.
The primary objective of the Upward Bound program is to help high school students prepare for college, enter college, and succeed with a four-year Bachelor's Degree.  The program helps not ony with academic studies but also with providing information about preparation, the application process, and available financial aid.
Each student also has an academic coordinator who assists with an education action plan (EAP) to plan and prepare for post-secondary education.
For more information about the Upward Bound program, phone 417-455-5688.