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My GEAR UP Story

Jose Q., a graduate of Statesville High School in Statesville, NC and current college student at UNC Charlotte, on his experience with GEAR UP NC summer enrichment opportunities including the General Henry Hugh Shelton Leadership Challenge at NC State University and NCCEP Youth Congress.

Jaurquise W., a graduate of Shelby High School in Shelby, NC and college student at NC A&T State University, shares his experiences with GEAR UP and mentorship from his GEAR UP Coordinator as he reaches his goals.

Cindy F., a graduate of East Rutherford High School in Forest City, NC and current college student, narrates her once in a lifetime experience visiting UNC-Chapel Hill during a GEAR UP Day and the impact this has had on her life.

Riska Z., a graduate of Asheboro High School in Asheboro, NC and current college student, shares her path to college as a leader in her high school community and the challenges of applying and paying for college.

Tray G., a graduate of Bessemer City High School in Bessemer City, NC and current college student at UNC-Chapel Hill, shares how GEAR UP was a resource in his journey to college by touring and learning more about colleges during summer enrichment programs.

Mackinsay H., a graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School in Smithfield, NC and current college student, explains how GEAR UP paved her way to college by helping her grow as a leader and a person.

Isaac C., a graduate of Statesville High School in Statesville, NC and current college student at Western Carolina University, shares how he prepared himself for college and what students in middle and high school can do now to get ready for college.

Jade S. and Kendall H., both graduates of Newton-Conover High School in Newton-Conover, NC who are currently pursuing postsecondary education, explain their leadership development experiences through GEAR UP and the General Henry Hugh Shelton Leadership Challenge at NC State University. 

Thomas H., a graduate of East Rutherford High School and current college student, shares how to be your best self after his experience at GEAR UP/NCCEP's Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.

Kia E., a graduate of Statesville High School in Statesville, NC and current college student at Winston-Salem State University,  shares how she is achieving the college dream.