Twenty-eight freshman and sophomore EOSC (Eastern Oklahoma State College) GEAR UP students from Stringtown High School recently participated in a virtual college tour day. EOSC Admissions Recruiter Karen Darby met with students in their classroom and gave them an overview of Eastern and the many opportunities the college offers. With locations in Wilburton, McAlester, Idabel, and Antlers, the school is readily accessible to students in southeastern Oklahoma and is an affordable option. Darby discussed financial aid and how students can avoid higher payments and student debt by attending a smaller college. EOSC is a two-year college with a variety of
Twenty-eight freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students from Stringtown Public Schools recently participated in an educational field trip that highlighted local historical events and places. Stringtown faculty members Matt Sandmann and Beth Murray, GEAR UP Education Coordinator Denise Lovell, and Atoka Museum Director Cindy Wallis guided the students during the excursion. Students began the day with a presentation covering the 1975 musical event 48 Hours in Atoka. The historical gathering was held at a local pastureland where more than 50,000 people met for a large outdoor concert. Music legends, such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Jerry Lee
Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP sponsors virtual Chad Cargill ACT Test Prep Workshop for GEAR UP sophomores
550 area high school sophomore GEAR UP students from 30 schools learned how to better prepare for the ACT as they attended a virtual, three-hour workshop presented by Chad Cargill, Founder and President of Cargill Consulting, Inc. The workshop was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP—Ignite Belief grant program. During high school, Cargill knew he needed to earn scholarships in order to attend Oklahoma State University. During his freshman year in high school, Cargill discovered that many scholarships were based on ACT scores; therefore, he took the ACT a total of 18 times raising his score from a
Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP recently purchased a variety of technology items for area GEAR UP schools to assist with the schools’ needs for virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each GEAR UP school indicated its immediate need to help conduct virtual education for students. GEAR UP spent over $194,650 on laptops, headsets and Chromebooks. The technology was distributed to cohort schools based on the requested need. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.
Twenty-nine Stringtown eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery located north of Boggy River in Atoka. Students were given a walking tour of the property, which includes a Civil War cemetery—the only in Oklahoma, several historical homes, and a church. The church has been relocated from Boggy Bend in the northeast part of the county to the museum site, and was started by “Boss” Harrison, a relative to several of the current Stringtown students. Inside the museum, Director Cindy Wallis guided the students through the various exhibits of the area’s history,
Twenty-eight GEAR UP students from Stringtown recently traveled to Oklahoma City to tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The Museum was created to honor “those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever” by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Students began the day in the Memorial Museum with an interactive learning experience, a chronological self-guided tour through the story of April 19,1995. Their first stop on the journey was a short introductory video, “A Day Like Any Other” which explained how the community had begun that fateful day
Thirty GEAR UP students from Stringtown recently traveled to Ada to tour East Central University (ECU). The seventh and eighth grade students began the day in the Regents Room located in the Student Union with a brief introduction to ECU and collegiate life given by Admissions Recruiter Alyson Chapman. Chapman explained the admissions process and encouraged the students to begin preparing now by working on grades, having good behavior, and monitoring their social media accounts. Chapman was joined by Student Guide Brianna Gilley, and the two representatives led the GEAR UP students on a walking tour of the campus. During