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GEAR UP Success Stories

GEAR UP at Marion City Schools is pleased to announce its May Success Story, Harding High School seniors Olivia Detwiler and Gabe Detwiler

Olivia and Gabe Detwiler

Name: Olivia Detwiler

Year in School: Senior

Activities Involved in: Edye Cook Dance, National Honors Society

What is your plan for the future? I plan to attend Wright State University and get my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelors in Education

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My parents, my brother, Edye Cook, and GEAR UP. They have always been pushing me to do my best since day one.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? Having all the opportunities that I've had, the staff be there for me through all my 4 years of high school, and being around all my friends.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP has been helping me since my freshman year to plan my future. It wasn't until about last year when I got really close with all the advisors and really opened up to them about my future. If GEAR UP wasn't a part of Marion City Schools I would definitely have no idea how to do half of the stuff I have done with them. They have been there for me through ACT registration, FASFA, applying for college, scholarships, making sure we know our deadlines, and just being someplace safe for me for personal advice. I couldn't be more grateful to have GEAR UP in my life.


Name: Gabe Detwiler

Year in School: Senior

Activities Involved in: Football, Basketball, Baseball, National Honors Society, Edye Cook Dance

What is your plan for the future? I plan to attend Marietta College where I will continue my baseball career and will major in Math.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My parents, they are the most hard working people I know and are both my role models.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? The community around us. They are always so supporting and and constantly kind.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? They have show me ways to apply for college and helped me fill out everything from financial aid to scholarships. They are always willing to help with a smile on everyone faces.


Ai'Layshia Randle-Williams GEAR UP at Marion City Schools is pleased to announce its April Success Story, Ai'Layshia Randle-Williams. Read more to see how GEAR UP and Harding have motivated the Harding High School senior.

Activities Involved in: Student Council and National Honors Society

What is your plan for the future? I plan on attending OSUM to obtain my bachelors in Social Work. Then, I plan on attend Michigan State University to obtain my masters in Social Work.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My mom and my step dad most definitely

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? I love being around my friends and the staff. They make school bearable.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? Since freshman year, GEAR UP has always been there to talk to me whether it has been for your future or if I just need help with anything. I am beyond grateful to have a group of people in my life who care about my future other than my parents. They have helped with applications, scholarships, fafsa, and helping me decide my next step in life.

Emily AnspaughGEAR UP at Marion City Schools is pleased to announce that Harding High School junior Emily Anspaugh is March's Success Story.

Activities Involved in:

Inside of school I am involved in:

Downtown Marion Ambassadors-Mrs. Garrett

School Musicals

ECE program- Mrs.Williams

Outside Of School:

I am involved in dance- 14 years. I dance at Edye Cook's School Of Dance, and I am a proud member of her Sr. Company

What is your plan for the future? In the future I plan on attending a 4 year college to become an Early Childhood Teacher.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? To be honest GEAR UP has really been my biggest Influence for my future. They have helped me through the crazy process of finding colleges and what I need to apply. Without GEAR UP I would be struggling to find schools and apply to things. Outside of the College standpoint I have been able to go on many adventures with GEAR UP form college visits to the Ohio School Board Association conference at the Columbus Convention Center and also inviting me to go to the OYLS conference over the summer.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? The many opportunities that Harding offers (college visits, leadership opportunities)And the many programs and after school actives that Harding has.(comedy club, Eco club, Downtown Marion Ambassadors, etc.)

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? Showing me the things that I need to be able to apply for colleges and giving me the chance to see college campuses.(I kind of answered this question in the influence one.)


GEAR UP at Marion City Schools announces that Harding High School senior Jimmer Catalan is February's Success Story.

Activities Involved in: Varsity Soccer, Telecom and The ONE club

Jimmer Catalan

What is your plan for the future? To study at Ohio State for computer engineering

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My parents and my ESL teachers have always supported me all the way even when i did not know any English at all. I always had a problem learning English because at home I would speak full Spanish so my only opportunity to really learn English was in school and by my friends. My ESL teachers worked really hard with me to teach me English by pulling me out of class and going to my house sometimes on the weekends to improve my speaking and writing as well.The hardest thing about learning English was writing it because in Spanish you spell a word the way it sounds and in English most of the time that's not the case. My friends were the ones that introduce me to the slang version of English which helped me a lot to communicate by text or just in general understand what they were saying. Words like "idk" and "lol" which at the time I had no idea what they're meaning was. I'm so thankful for everyone that took the time to help me with my English and all those teachers that had to grade my homework using google translate because I did not know how to write in English in till 7 grade. I worked really hard to improve my English and I still do everyday by watching anything in TV or Netflix in English rather than Spanish, I'm happy of my achievements and all the things i have accomplish thanks to knowing a different language.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? Being around so many people has allow me to make new friends as well as get help when i need it like GEAR UP and my counselor have always helped me with my school problems or any questions i had they would answer.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? If it was not for GEAR UP I would not be already filling out scholarships and applying to colleges. GEAR UP has helped me so much and still does I'm so thankful with them.

Brooklin WilliamsKudos to Marion Harding High School senior Brooklin Williams, one of GEAR UP's January Success Stories. Learn how Harding and GEAR UP are helping her prepare for her future.

Activities Involved in: Travel and school softball, Marching & Concert Band, Symphonic Chorale, Rotary International, Key Club, National Honor Society, Musicals

What is your plan for the future? I will be attending Wesleyan University, where I will be double major in Neuroscience and French, with a certificate in International Relations and playing collegiate softball for the Cardinals.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My family. They have always supported me and pushed me to be better.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? All of the opportunities they provide, such as all of the clubs, sports, and even GEAR UP. Everyone is so supportive and helpful.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP has helped me with my college applications, my FAFSA, and scholarships. Even with me applying early decision to Wesleyan University, GEAR UP helped me withdrawal my other applications when I got accepted to Wesleyan University. They are always there when I have a questions, need help, or just need someone to talk to about my future.