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Former POW Jessica Lynch to speak at WVSU program for high schoolers

By From staff reports

The Upward Bound program at West Virginia State University will begin its fall program with the Annual Leadership Summit beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Wallace Hall.

High school students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend informative workshops, ranging from preparing for college to finding scholarships.

A luncheon will follow the workshops at noon in the Wilson University Union, featuring keynote speaker Jessica Lynch.

A West Virginia native, Lynch is a former Private First Class in the U.S. Army and a former prisoner of war. She was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in 2003 after being injured and held captive by Iraqi forces for nine days. Her rescue was the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II.

Lynch now speaks to various groups around the country about overcoming obstacles and how perseverance helped her survive her captivity.  She delivers a message that despite difficult circumstances, a positive outlook and determination can help individuals accomplish their goals.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is designed to prepare high school students to enroll and graduate from college. For more information, call 304-766-3120.


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