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James Broyles

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University Upward Bound student James Broyles was recently selected as a member of the Kentucky All-Star Scholars Bowl Team by the Kentucky Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.

Broyles, a senior from Wolfe County High School, was one of the state’s top-scoring participants and was one of six team members from across the state to participate in a regional competition in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 24. The competition, sponsored by the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, brought together teams from eight states for academic bowl-type competition. The Kentucky team placed second in the region.

“I thought it was a wonderful experience,” said Broyles. “It was an honor to represent the state of Kentucky, Wolfe County, and EKU’s Upward Bound program. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for which I will forever be grateful.”

EKU Upward Bound Assistant Director Becca Morrison, who traveled with the team to Atlanta, was pleased with the outcome. “Having our team place second in the region was very exciting, especially considering the caliber of competition. We are very excited our student, James, had the opportunity to participate. We are so proud of him.”

Upward Bound is a federally funded college-access program dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and supporting students who are determined to succeed academically. Applicants must meet income guidelines or potentially be the first generation in their family to earn a four-year degree. EKU’s Upward Bound program serves 125 students from the high schools in Casey, Estill, Lee, Lincoln, Powell and Wolfe counties. For more information about Upward Bound, visit

Published on April 09, 2018

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