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Students Place First at State Regional Scholar's Bowl

Students Place First at State Regional Scholar's Bowl

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s Upward Bound (UB) Program placed first among the other competing UB high school teams at the Kentucky Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (KAEOPP) annual Scholar’s Bowl, held Feb. 21-22. The team included Lincoln County juniors Travis Walters and Brian Carlson, senior Phillip Spencer of Wolfe County, and senior Jacquee Cantrell of Estill County.

In addition to taking first place, Carlson, Cantrell and Walters received top scores, which led to their selection to the Kentucky All-Star team, which will compete in April at the regional competition in Atlanta. Carlson was also chosen as team captain for the team.

The event was held in conjunction with “National TRiO Day,” which recognizes the achievements of federally funded TRIO Programs, including Upward Bound, that focus on under-served students who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.

More than 300 other Upward Bound students from across the state attended the “National TRiO Day,” which was held in Bowling Green and included informational sessions about the college experience and special presentations.

EKU’s Upward Bound program, funded by the United States Department of Education, has served first-generation high school students from Casey, Estill, Jackson, Lee, Lincoln, Powell and Wolfe counties for more than 46 years.

Anyone interested in learning more about eligibility requirements for Upward Bound or how to support students of Upward Bound can contact Tamara Stewart at or 859-622-1083 or visit

Published on March 19, 2014

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