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Students from South Lawrence East Middle School at the Student Leadership Conference

SPARK Academy Lawrence, MA

Seven 8th grade students from SPARK Academy participated in this year's Student Leadership Conference (SLC), an annual GEAR UP summer event.

Almost 50 students attended the 3-day, 2-night event, staying in the new dorms at Worcester State University. They attended STEM-focused workshops during the day and field trips at night, while getting the feel of a real college campus and meeting other GEAR UP students from across the state. SLC workshops included solar cars, CSI, rockets and financial literacy.

Alisa Colon, Tommy Hoang, Sheila Soler, Freddy Monroy, Patrick Hurley, Jaiymee Wilson and Ashley Gutierrez all participated in the event.

“This has been one of the most memorable college visits I have ever been on! It was so much fun getting to know my roommate and her friends from her hometown," said Alisa. "I also enjoyed staying overnight and getting the ‘real-life’ college experience.”