27 graduate from UOG's Upward Bound college prep program

27 graduate from UOG's Upward Bound college prep program

27 graduate from UOG's Upward Bound college prep program


9/2/2020

Twenty-seven Guam high school students have graduated from the national college preparation program TRIO Upward Bound, hosted by the University of Guam, and have been accepted into institutions of higher learning. They received certificates of completion at a ceremony on Aug. 8.

Fifteen of 27 graduates of the national Upward Bound college preparation program hosted by the UOG.
Fifteen of 27 graduates of the national Upward Bound college preparation program hosted by the UOG.
The Upward Bound program is a 100% federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Education designed to help low-income and/or first-generation college students gain the skills and motivation to continue on to college.

Fifteen of the students will be attending the University of Guam, 10 will be attending Guam Community College, and two will be attending mainland institutions, namely California Polytechnical College and St. Louis University.

“The graduates’ successful acceptance into college is a testament to the hard work and commitment the UB students, parents, and staff made to achieve that goal,” said Rowena T. Andrade, director of Upward Bound.

The program has received a continuation of grant funding of $478,000 for the coming school year and will continue to serve eligible high school students in Guam, primarily those from the public school system, with free online and in-person services including tutoring, college and career preparation, financial aid assistance, and offering summer classes for credit.

High schoolers: Apply by Nov. 20

High schoolers interested in applying can visit https://www.uog.edu/trio-program/upward-bound or contact Director Rowena T. Andrade at rowenat@triton.uog.edu or (671) 929-7952 or 735-1992. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 20.

Yssabelle Valencia
Yssabelle Valencia celebrates her graduation from the national Upward Bound college preparation program. She has been accepted into California Polytechnical College.

2020 Upward Bound Graduates

1. Kiana Amuan, Simon Sanchez High School
2. Alyanna Bantugan, Okkodo High School
3. Venus Borja, Okkodo High School 
4. Angel Danan, Simon Sanchez High School
5. Phil Dela Cruz, John F. Kennedy High School
6. Symphony Guevera, George Washington High School
7. Adrian Lacap, Okkodo High School
8. Yvan Oftana, Okkodo High School
9. Tristan Pajela, Simon Sanchez High School
10. Casey Rosario, Tiyan High School
11. Kamarin Santos, John F. Kennedy High School
12. Taiga Sato, John F. Kennedy High School
13. Dominick Tangonan, Okkodo High School
14. Yssabelle Valencia, Simon Sanchez High School
15. Vince Verango, John F. Kennedy High School
16. Christian Baluyut, Simon Sanchez High School
17. Zaine Benavente, John F. Kennedy High School
18. Kyle Anne Bustamante, Simon Sanchez High School
19. Lizelle Carlos, Tiyan High School
20. Candace Cepeda, George Washington High School
21. Alexia Fejeran, Okkodo High School
22. Genneva Imbuido, Simon Sanchez High School
23. Amorlynn Mesa, John F. Kennedy High School
24. Marvin Ocampo, Simon Sanchez High School
25. Isabella Serrano, John F. Kennedy High School
26. Genica Suerte, Simon Sanchez High School
27. Pristine Tapao, Academy of Our Lady