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GEAR UP Success Stories

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.


Andrew Brazell

Congrats to Marion Harding High School senior Andrew Brazell, one of GEAR UP's two January success stories. Learn how Harding and GEAR UP inspire him to succeed.

Activities Involved in: Football, Track, Logistics, and TelecomHarding and GEAR UP inspire him to succeed.

What is your plan for the future? I plan to go to a University where I will either study Supply Chain Management or Marketing. I also plan on play collegiate football.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My mom and dad they have had the biggest impact and I can't thank them enough for all they have done to get me to the point I'm at today

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? Being a part of something bigger than yourself, Harding is truly a special place with all its different activities and things to do it's great to be a part of

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP is getting me ready for my future anyway possible, with anything from college applications to just supporting you. GEAR UP is a great program and we should be very thankful to have a program to help us reach our goals.

Harding High School junior Jaden Smith is one of GEAR UP's December success stories.

Jaden Smith

Activities Involved in: I am involved in Harding and in the community. As a student, I go on many trips and love to organize them as well. This past summer I was able to go with GEAR UP to Ohio Youth Leadership Summit and become a better leader and leadership processes. I started to commit to my own leadership roles in Harding. Putting together a group to go to the Columbus Zoo for the TeenEcoSummit, we did many things such as learning about community clean up and even helping with recycling/waste in our school. I am a three season athlete, football cheer, basketball cheer, and track. In the elementary schools I set Up a spirit week for all the kids to wear the color of a cancer they were supporting that day and also to buy suckers in their office. I am involved in getting our student section bused to away games and to make sure we carry pride in sport wherever we go. Outside of school I am a part of the Downtown Marion organization. Some of the students involved in this are to promote downtown and help bring more students into our community. I do the popcorn pageants and work with the popcorn festival, I shadow at our local vet clinic. I'm in GPS/CCP and do most of my courses at the college but am still fully involved at Harding.

What is your plan for the future? My plans for the future are continuing to pursue my dreams as an Exotic Veterinarian and go to any college that accepts me with the most scholarships. My dream would be to go to LSU and finish my academics there to continue my athletics in Track in Field at any college.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My biggest influence would be Jack Hannah for sure. Growing up watching animal planet and watching him interact with all of the animals sounds amazing to me. Taking it further and being able to do surgery on these animals in need and care for them would be a huge accomplishment.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? Being able to be a leader of such an amazing school and represent many young people who know or don't know what their doing but know that making a difference is the right way.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? They constantly talk to me about my decisions and what classes lead me to my most wanted schools. They introduce me and many other students to trips and colleges year around to expand our minds. They help me get out in the community to make a difference and get my name out.


Harding junior Annie Bell is one of GEAR UP's two December success stories.

Activities Involved in: Choir, show choir, marching band, orchestra, student council, Rotary interact, varsity basketball cheer.Annie Bell

What is your plan for the future? I really have an interest in helping other people. I've recently been thinking about the medical field. Maybe nursing but the goal would be Dermatology. I've also been thinking about studying music at AMDA Conservatory of Music.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My parents have always supported me and pushed me to keep trying more and more new things.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? There is not one teacher or administrator that doesn't care about a student. If you are willing to ask questions and make mistakes in a class or activity, you will truly get the most out of it.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? College after high school is a scary topic. Recently I've scheduled a college audition with the help of GEAR UP. I'm glad if I have any questions that the GEAR UP staff is so friendly, helpful and ready to answer anything. It is so cool and useful to have a department like this in my own school.
Karington Reed

Marion Harding High School senior Karington Reed is October's GEAR UP Success Story. Read about how Harding is helping her achieve her goals.

Activities Involved in: National Honor Society, Junior Civitan, Young Life, Harding Musicals, Harding Singers, Symphonic Chorale

What is your plan for the future? To major in psychology with a pre-med focus and then attend medical school.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My friends Dad Dr. Jay Moodley has definitely had the biggest influence on me. He was the first person to ever get me to consider the medical field and pushed me to want to become a doctor!

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? One of the best things about being a student at Harding is all of the academic opportunities I have been presented with. For example, the ccp program has been a great way to get a head start on taking college classes.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? Gear up has helped me in so many ways! Each advisor has a different academic background and they have all been so helpful in answering any questions about certain schools and their college experiences in general. The program has also helped me such much financially by providing me with ACT fee waivers, college application fee waivers, college visits, and much more!