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A Visit to Capitol Hill

UBinDC_t.jpgBOONE—Each summer, rising high school seniors in the Upward Bound program at Appalachian State University participate in the Senior Adventure Group Experience (SAGE), which includes a week-long backpacking trip, a week visiting colleges across the state, two weeks of SAT preparation, a week-long trip to Washington D.C., and a week-long trip to the coast.


Rising high school seniors in the Upward Bound program at Appalachian State University visited U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s office in Washington, D.C. this summer. They are, standing left, Sergio Garcia, Ashe County High School; Kathryn Charlton, Avery County High School; Justin Biggs, Avery County High School; Martin McVey, Ashe County High School; Sen. Burr; Kristen Davis, Avery County High School; Benjamin Stephens, Upward Bound leader; Adam Warren, Upward Bound leader; and Corrine Sackett, Upward Bound program coordinator. Pictured sitting left are Ashlee Lafferty, Upward Bound leader; Casey Harris, West Wilkes High School; Benjamin Gragg, Avery High School; Heather Austin, Avery High School; and Kristin Hicks, Avery High School.

While in the nation’s capitol, the students visited museums, monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, the Council for Opportunity in Education, and elected officials.

The students met with aides for Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Rep. Virginia Foxx and Rep. Patrick McHenry.

They also met with Sen. Richard Burr, who has been a long-standing advocate for Upward Bound, and his aide.

Upward Bound is an academic support program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program serves students who would be the first in their families to attend or graduate from college. Students participate in activities designed to prepare them for college. Those activities include tutoring, academic counseling, classroom instruction, college entrance exam preparation, study skills workshops and enrichment activities.