Student of the Trimester!

Congratulations everyone! ūüôā


Molleysa Yang
Spring Lake Park
Advisor: Barbara Yang

Molleysa has made many great contributions to Upward Bound. As a positive, hardworking senior and a PSEO student, Molleysa still makes time to be involved in our program by being a part of our Student Leadership Committee, coming to Saturday Sessions and taking advantage of workshops and other events that we have. Outside of Upward Bound, Molleysa is active in her community by being a part of the University of Minnesota’s multicultural program, MCAE and doing campus tours with K-8 students. Even with her busy schedule, Molleysa always find time to check in with me and constantly communicate with me to keep me updated, whether it is about school or Upward Bound. With Molleysa’s dedication and commitment to the program we are happy to have her as a part of Upward Bound.

JennyTam.pngJenny Tam
Park Center High School
Advisor: Ashley Allen

Jenny Tam’s junior year has been¬†packed with new experiences and accomplishments. ¬†Not only did Jenny dive into full-time PSEO at the U of M Twin Cities this year, but she has¬†also¬†mastered the¬†Minneapolis¬†public transportation.¬† Her confidence and independent spirit have truly taken her to¬†new places. Jenny is¬†also¬†working as a research assistant for the U of M’s ¬†Department of¬†Stem Cell Research. This is a¬†remarkable opportunity and¬†accomplishment for a college student, let alone¬†a junior in high school! While keeping up with¬†the rigor of college classes,¬†Jenny has also¬†remained committed to her¬†leadership positions within¬†several student organizations at Park Center.¬†¬†What really makes Jenny stand out as¬†a leader is her humility.¬† When Jenny goes for an opportunity, prestige and recognition are¬†never the end¬†goal. ¬†Jenny takes on¬†leadership positions as a way¬†to grow, become a better person, and to help others become their best as well. ¬†She holds strongly¬†to these values. ¬†It’s refreshing¬†to see how much Jenny¬†enjoys collaborating with others,¬†building them up, and watching the entire group succeed.¬†¬†I also appreciate Jenny’s efforts to keep¬†Upward Bound¬†a solid¬†priority. ¬†Every week on¬†Thursday mornings, Jenny shows up¬†to Park Center’s Career Resource Center¬†from¬†7:30am – 9:30am¬†to meet with me.¬†Jenny makes the time and sticks to her¬†commitments¬†– and it shows.¬†¬†We commend Jenny for her humility,¬†hard¬†work, stick-to-it attitude,¬†and determination to¬†give¬†her best every single day. ¬†We are really proud of you, Jenny!

Cindy VueIMG_20160405_155042
Anoka High School
Advisor:  Doug Comes

Ever since she started as a little baby freshman, Cindy has been an outstanding example of a rock solid Upward Bound student. ¬†Rarely missing a day of tutoring and attending every Saturday Session this year, Cindy has made Upward Bound a priority, and in the process she has made her education and her future a priority as well. ¬†Cindy takes advantage of the¬†resources Upward Bound¬†provides her and is always willing to help others in Upward Bound with what they’re working on. ¬†She is a welcoming presence, especially with new students and visitors, and it is because of students like Cindy¬†that we have such a strong community in Upward Bound at Anoka.

Sommer ThaoSommer Thao
Blaine High School
Advisor: Kyle Vadner

Sommer came into Upward Bound as a freshman. As an Upward Bound advisor there are some things we really appreciate seeing in students and one of them is commitment. I have come to expect to see Sommer at almost every tutoring session and she always comes in smiling. ¬†I have selected her for student of the Tri not just because of what she does in Upward Bound, but because of what she does outside of Upward Bound.¬†Talking with staff at the school, they all recognize Sommer as a leader and student that is willing to step up and help. While participating in other school activities that show case students talents and celebrate culture she has stepped up as a leader. Through this she has made great connections with staff and students at BHS; creating a strong support network that will be willing to stand behind her while she’s applying to schools.


And the Winner is…

After tallying up all the votes, the group that won from the college research activity from March’s Saturday Session is…Up with Augsburg!

Everyone did such an amazing job. There were so many great posters and we know how much work went into researching and making them. We hope that everyone learned something new about a college that they never knew before. ūüôā Once again, great job everyone!Read More »

Seniors: FAFSA Workshop Night!

Seniors, don’t forget about the FAFSA Workshop Night coming up! This is the time where you can come get help¬†and¬†complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for college.

Keep in mind that if you do not complete the FAFSA, you will not be considered for any federal grants, loans, work-study or scholarships.

*Talk to your advisor if you have any questions or for more information.


Students of the Trimester!

Congrats everyone for finishing your first trimester of the school year. ūüôā

At the end of each trimester, each advisor will be choosing a student who they feel has really stood out to them. This can vary from a student’s commitment to the program to how well a student is doing¬†in their classes.

Congratulations to all the students who were selected by their advisor as  Student of the Trimester!

IMG_20151209_151440117_HDRGao Moua
Osseo Senior High
Advisor: Ashley Allen

Gao is a hard worker and quiet leader.  She approaches tutoring sessions with a productive mindset, taking responsibility for her learning.  Even when her homework is done, Gao finds other ways to expand her mind, such as reading for fun.  What stands out most about Gao is the way she encourages her friends to push themselves as well.  When she notices a friend giving up on a tough assignment, Gao is ready with motivating words.  She believes in her friends and it shows.  Thank you, Gao, for the academic excellence, persistence, and friendship you bring to our program!

IMG_3207Jesus Gonzales
Spring Lake Park High School
Advisor: Barbara Yang

Jesus is a hard worker with such an outgoing and friendly personality. He always participates, rather it is coming to tutoring or going to Saturday events. Also, being a new advisor, Jesus has had no problems approaching me with questions that he has as well as helping me with any questions I may have had. I have seen him help other students whether it is answering a question about college applications or helping a student with a class or assignment. Also, Jesus always come to tutoring and Saturday session with such a positive attitude. Thank you Jesus for being an awesome leader participating in everything and thank you for not being afraid to step up to help another student.

StudentTriMary.pngMary Oludayo
Coon Rapids High School
Advisor: Kyle Vadner

Mary has had great attendance and has set challenging, but realistic, goals for her GPA. In addition, Mary has shown great leadership both in Upward Bound and in her community. Mary gets excited and makes it a priority to attend Saturday Sessions and always has a great attitude when participating in our events.

KinsiKinsi Al-Sadi
Anoka High School
Advisor: Doug Comes

Kinsi has really grown into an outstanding member of Upward Bound in her second year.  She makes everyone at tutoring feel welcome and helps foster a strong sense of community.  Even while being involved in Debate for AHS, Kinsi consistently meets her Advisor’s expectations for Tutoring attendance.  When she can’t make it, she lets Doug know in advance.  Kinsi has also made great strides toward improving her grades, asking for help from Doug and Anoka’s tutor extraordinaire, Dennis. Her efforts have been paying off, too.  Awesome job, Kinsi!