SUNY Canton gives area high school students Upward Bound experience
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 5:21 pm

CANTON -- The Upward Bound Program at SUNY Canton is offering 80 high school students from the area a chance to meet political leaders, and they can get lessons from legendary golf instructor Peter Beames.

Students are immersed in a five-week program allowing them to live in the residence halls and become accustomed to the culture and demands of higher education while taking math, science, and even arts-related classes.

Several faculty and staff members offer special classes on scholarships, financial strategies, and environmental sustainability.

Among the special learning opportunities in this summer's program are meetings with Democratic State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and Republican Congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny. "We wanted to create political focus as a further introduction to how government works," Upward Bound Counselor Hillary E. Wolfe said. "The students will follow up by writing a letter to Congressman Bill Owens talking about their individual successes with Upward Bound."

Later in the summer, students have the chance to learn golf technique of Beames. The instructor was named one of the top 47 teachers of the 20th century and helped develop the revolutionary walk-through swing used by Gary Player to win the 1974 British Open and Masters.

The session concludes with a student theatrical performance and an excursion to Portland, Maine.