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Simpson University Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

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REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Upward Bound leadership team has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, offering a robust virtual summer program to more than 240 high school students at four North State high schools.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

For the past two summers, more than 100 Upward Bound students participated in a program that included a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, then a weeklong road trip to visit colleges.

As it became clear that COVID-19 restrictions would not allow for the same experience in 2020, staff members spent nearly two months putting together a program consisting of college classes…

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ANDERSON, CA —  The playoff soccer train continues as the AHS boys soccer team set out on their quest to make history. And history has already been made when the boys team became the first team in school history to take the section championship in soccer by beating Corning High School 1-0 at Corning High School. The boys team has continued their impressive playoff run with a win in the regional quarterfinals against Colusa High School on Tuesday March 3rd at the California Soccer Park, winning another tough fought match with a score of 1-0. Eight players from the boys team are participants of the Simpson Upward Bound program at AHS. Most of which hope to continue playing soccer in college as they pursue a post-secondary education degree.

ANDERSON, CA — Bradley Ramsey a junior at Anderson High School and a Simpson University Upward Bound program participant, has been selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year. Bradley is an exceptional student at Anderson High School and is highly motivated to serve his local community. He also has a knack for solving problems and has taken part in School Board processes to actively find solutions to current challenges that Shasta county schools are facing.

Bradley gave us his take on his experience so far with the Shasta County Board of Education. “Its a unique experience, with many educational benefits including experience in both local government and educational processes and having the ability to impact education in your local area”, said Ramsey.

Students selected to serve on the school board were sent to attend the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE) Conference in Sacramento to represent District 1 in January 2020. The goal of the conference was to put student board member representatives together and allow them an experience of creating a proposal for the California State Senate. The idea is that the student proposals will eventually become a new bill to better the educational system in California.

Bradley’s group chose to focus on a bill that would improve school safety. And while they are still working on the project their idea for a new bill involved creating a plan for when an active shooter pulls the fire alarm. Bradley commented on the experience, “It was a long enduring process with many challenges but overall very informative and educational.”

Bradley and another member of his team were then selected to present their proposal to the senate council. “It wasn’t much pressure really, honestly being able to talk to a senator was a great experience because its the chance to be able to talk to somebody that can actually do something with your ideas.”bradley_senate

Bradley is highly active in seeking out opportunities for leadership development. He is an active participant in the Science Bowl, the Robotics Club and the Boy Scouts of America and he plans to enroll at Shasta College after graduation with the intent to transfer to a 4 year university.

 

 

 

 

 

(Pictured: left Megan Dahle – California Assemblywoman,
right Bradley Ramsey – Student Board of Education Rep Region 1)

 

 

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REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University freshman Angelina Yang wants to go big.

This 18-year-old dreamer is the first person in her family to go to a university. She’s the oldest of six children born to a Hmong father and American mother. Born in Fresno, she has lived in Crescent City and graduated from high school in Anderson.

And she wants to become a clinical or criminal psychologist.

Two years ago, Angelina heard about a new program being offered at Anderson Union High School called Upward Bound. This federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

“I heard details and believed it was a really great opportunity for me, so I signed up,” she said. “The advisors were super helpful. I wanted help with finding the right college and getting support.”

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to…

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