(12/11/2014)

Chelsey Robinson with GSC President Dr. Peter
Barr at the Hidden Promise Graduation Ceremony

GLENVILLE, WV - Chelsey (Ball) Robinson of Big Bend, Calhoun County, was among three Glenville State College Hidden Promise Scholars (HPS) recognized as graduates of the Hidden Promise program at a ceremony held on December 4th.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr welcomed the students and congratulated them on their accomplishments. "These graduates represent a critical step toward fulfilled potential; they will soon hold a Glenville State College diploma. With that sign of documented perseverance, they are joining an exclusive society, and with that membership comes broad recognition of their energy, commitment, stamina, focus, and ambition. I salute them on earning this high distinction," said Barr.

Following a special dinner in their honor, the students gave brief remarks recalling their times at GSC and in the Hidden Promise program.

Chelsey (Ball) Robinson, of Big Bend, West Virginia, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with specializations in Elementary Education (K-6), General Math/Algebra I (5-9), and Science (5-9). During her time at GSC she was an active participant in the Baptist Campus Ministries group and Kappa Delta Pi. Robinson was also a mentor for high school students in the HPS program. After graduation, she plans to explore a career as an elementary or middle school teacher and pursue a master's degree.

"I extend my thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Barr and everyone on the Hidden Promise staff for everything they have done for us. Hidden Promise made my time at GSC unforgettable. The people here really do care about your successes," said Robinson.

In addition to accepting a plaque and commemorative class ring, the three new graduates also inscribed the Hidden Promise Book. In signing the volume, graduates commit to 'always accepting the obligations and the challenges of guiding the young to education, knowledge, and love of the human spirit; to demonstrate respect for all people, and cultivate the trained, yet free, minds appropriate to sustaining and advancing a democratic way of life; and to striving to become knowledgeable, ethical, caring citizens who embody the qualities that the Hidden Promise program fosters.' The students will become official GSC graduates on Saturday, December 13th after GSC's December Commencement ceremony.

The two other graduates are Brittany Hardy, from Buckhannon, West Virginia, and Nicholas Lambert, from Oceana, West Virginia.

The Hidden Promise Scholars program is a component of GSC's Hidden Promise Consortium. The program is an alliance between Glenville State College and county school districts throughout West Virginia and in Ohio and Connecticut aimed at improving communication between higher education and teachers, staff, and students in grades eight through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the curricula of K-12 and higher education.

Students are often inducted into the program while still in high school after being chosen by their school counselors, teachers, and principals. The scholars mentor with current college students and take part in campus visits and annual summer camps. Upon high school graduation, HPS students who opt to attend GSC receive a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable annually throughout their enrollment as a full-time student.

For more information on the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact Program Director Teresa Sterns at   Teresa.Sterns@glenville.edu   or (304)462-6100.


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