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High School Upward Bound, TRiO SSS place in Scholars Bowl, debate contest

The Austin Peay State University High School Upward Bound Scholars Bowl Team retained its state champion title at the Tennessee Association of Special Programs (TASP) Scholars Bowl Competition held March 13 on the main campus. APSU served as host of the TASP event.

In addition, the APSU TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program had two students to win second place in the Student Support Services/McNair debates as part of TASPs State Student Initiatives. Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis won the debate. This is the first year that APSU TRiO SSS had a debate team to enter.
The Austin Peay State University High School Upward Bound Scholars Bowl Team retained its state champion title at the Tennessee Association of Special Programs (TASP) Scholars Bowl Competition held March 13 on the main campus. APSU served as host of the TASP event.

In addition, the APSU TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program had two students to win second place in the Student Support Services/McNair debates as part of TASP's State Student Initiatives. Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis won the debate. This is the first year that APSU TRiO SSS had a debate team to enter.

As winners, APSU's Scholars Bowl Team will advance to the Southeast Regional (SAEOPP) competition April 17 in Atlanta, Ga.

Teams in the Scholars Bowl Competition were quizzed on mathematics, science, English literature, Greek mythology and current events.

APSU's Scholars Bowl Team competed against teams from East Tennessee State University, Tusculum, Lane College, Douglas Cherokee College, Dyersburg State Community College and Lincoln Memorial University.

Along with APSU, other SSS programs from across Tennessee attending TASP were ETSU, Tennessee State University, Lemoyne-Owen College, Fisk University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

The APSU team is divided into A team and B team. Members of the A team are Aaron Carmicheal, Adriana Tate, Jocetta Dennis, Kyusok Lee, Michelle Meija and Jae Lee. Students on the B team are Alex Simmons, Katelyn Minor, Autumn Amos-Heyward, Marguerite Armstead, Marissa Ellington-Catano and Mariah Whitney.

For the SSS/McNair debate, one of the major objectives is to encourage collegiate TRiO participants to discuss relative social, political and religious issues affecting the global community. The parliamentary debate format was used.

APSU's debate team members are Anna Lock, a sophomore nursing major, and AJ Hall, a junior biology and premedicine major.

Both High School Upward Bound and TRiO SSS are federally funded programs. Upward Bound provides services to low-income, first-generation students who show potential for postsecondary achievement. The project at APSU provides basic skills and motivational development, tutoring, counseling and postsecondary orientation to 75 qualified high school students in Montgomery County.

TRiO SSS is designed to identify and provide academic services for APSU students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO SSS is targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities in order to persist and graduate with a baccalaureate degree.

For more information about High School Upward Bound at APSU, call Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, program director, (931) 221-6224. For more details on TRiO SSS, call Marissa Chandler, program director, (931) 221-7418. -- Melony Shemberger