High school students in SUNY Adirondack’s Upward Bound program learn skills to prepare themselves for the transition from high school to college. Participants are from school districts in the Glens Falls Region, and just last month, a team of four motivated students won the 11th annual New York Scholars Bowl against six other teams!
Photo provided: (pictured left to right: Addison Winch, Matthew Thung, Savannah Minor, and Tessa Camp
This year’s New York Scholars Bowl took place at Genesee Community College and featured seven teams from four New York colleges: SUNY Adirondack, Genesee Community College, Monroe Community College, and University of Rochester. Each of the teams was made up of high school students participating in an Upward Bound program.
SUNY Adirondack’s team included Addison Winch and Tessa Camp (of Fort Ann Central School) and Matthew Thung and Savannah Minor (of Glens Falls High School).
For the New York Scholars Bowl, teams competed in a Jeopardy-like competition and had to answer questions on multiple topics, such as English, science, pop culture, and even the college application process.
At the end of the competition, the SUNY Adirondack team took home the top prize! In a press release, Kelsey Lorusso, the project director of SUNY Adirondack’s Upward Bound program, said, “They went into the competition just wanting to do their best, without expectations of actually winning.”
The Scholars Bowl wasn’t the only event of the day at Genesee Community College. Visiting Upward Bound students were also able to take a campus tour and attend college information sessions.
New York State’s Upward Bound program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and it helps low-income and first-generation students graduate from high school and move on to college. SUNY Adirondack’s program includes students from Fort Ann, Fort Edward, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, and South Glens Falls.
This win at the New York Scholars Bowl is an awesome accomplishment for these local high school students, and the sky’s the limit for them!