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GEAR UP Success Stories

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!

Garey Moaney

Marion Harding High School senior Garey Moaney is GEAR UP's September success story. Read about how he is inspiring a community of achievement with GEAR UP's help.

Activities Involved in: Basketball, Football, Track, Ohio Youth Leadership Summit, Downtown Marion Ambassador

What is your plan for the future? To attend 4 year college/university and major in business. I would also like to have the opportunity to further my playing career in either football or basketball.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My mother has the biggest influence on my future.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? Playing sports with friends and getting to know new people that are involved in your favorite sport.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP is guiding me step by step through the college experience helping find the best route to my dream school.

Congrats to Harding senior Taytum Ryan, GEAR UP's May Success Story. Learn how GEAR UP and Harding inspire Taytum.

Activities Involved in: Marching Band, Concert Band, National Honors Society

Taytum Ryan

What is your plan for the future? To study at Marion Technical College and become a pediatric nurse. Then work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My little brother, LeDarius, when he was born. He was very sick and had multiple major health problems. The nurses at Nationwide Children's welcomed us and made the situation as best as it could be. My goal is to not only help kids, but help their families feel better too, just like they did with me. I would love to leave a long lasting impact on families, and not just be a child's nurse for a day.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? The opportunities!! Harding allowed me to get all of my prerequisites for the nursing program done besides two my senior year for free! It allowed me to be able to start the nursing program next fall as a freshman. Harding has helped open a lot of doors for my future, especially this year, and I am very grateful!

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP helped me fill out any form that I had questions with, such as FAFSA, college applications, and scholarship applications. My schedule also doesn't allow me to be at Harding a lot, and I appreciate that Mr. Chatman sends me reminder emails about scholarships and events happening. I'm not sure what I would have done this year without GEAR UP!


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Congrats to Harding senior Gwendolyn Harris, GEAR UP's Success Story for April. Learn more about Gwendolyn and how GEAR UP is preparing her for her future plans.

Activities Involved in: Electric Orchestra and Art Club

What is your plan for the future? Attending OSUM and getting a Bachelor's degree in digital media.

Gwendolyn Harris student

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? My mother has been the biggest influence on my plans for the future. After witnessing her battle with breast cancer, I became dedicated to finding a more effective way to treat this terrible disease so that more women like her can have a fighting chance.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? Always push yourself to YOUR own limit and don't over stress yourself. Don't be afraid to try new things and try to make as many friends as possible. It's all about the experience.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? GEAR UP has helped me so much when it came to my college and what my next step had to be. They made a stressful situation less stressful and even helped me with my essays that I needed for scholarships.


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Brendan Swihart

Harding senior Brendan Swihart is February's GEAR UP Success story.

Activities Involved in: Bowling, National Honors Society, Student Council, Choir

What is your plan for the future? I would like to attend Bowling Green State University to major in Criminal Justice and eventually be a part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

What/who has been the biggest influence on your plan for the future? If anything, television. I want a job that pays good but where I also don't do the same thing day in and day out and I've always wanted to enforce the law.

What is one of the best things about being a student at Harding High School? The gear up program keeps my nerves at ease when I'm doing college stuff and also the staff. I hardly ever see any teacher that comes to school in a bad mood or any teacher that stays in a bad mood during the day because the environment is so well-kept.

How is GEAR UP helping you with your plan for the future? Gear up reminds me about scholarships and helps me fill them out and they also assisted me in filling out college and FAFSA applications. They are also sort of my counselors and I'm comfortable speaking to them about anything.

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