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Hundreds of West Virginia students participate in annual Student Leadership Academy


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EJ Carrion speaks to hundreds of students at the Clay Center Wednesday morning for GEAR UP’s annual Student Leadership Academy.
(NCWV Media photo by Jake Jarvis)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Hundreds of 11th-grade students from across the state traveled to Charleston Wednesday morning to get more motivated to go to college.

GEAR UP, a federally funded program, hosted its annual Student Leadership Academy at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences. The program invited 1,400 students to come and learn more about going to college.

“I’m an old country girl who grew up in Webster County, West Virginia,” said Carolyn Long, the Higher Education Policy Commission’s interim chancellor. “Ladies and gentlemen, when I was your age, no one could have ever told me I would be standing and doing this and some of the other things I’ve gotten to do. But education made it possible.”

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