Wilkes University Upward Bound Program Celebrates 2022 Graduates

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The Upward Bound Program at Wilkes University graduated 38 students at its 2022 graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 28. The ceremony was held in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The federally funded program is designed to prepare eligible high school students for success in post-secondary education.

The graduates received their alumni pins during the ceremony, which were presented by Wilkes University Upward Bound staff. The Upward Bound Program has been funded at Wilkes University for 55 years.

Four awards were presented to seven students at the graduation:

  • Academic Award: Christopher Kopiak, Wilkes-Barre Area
  • Student of the Year Award: Odesia Griffith, Hanover Area
  • Progress Award: Emily Whitesell, Northwest Area
  • Perfect Attendance Award: Litzy Castro and Jenny Nguyen, Wilkes-Barre Area; Megan Ralston and Veronica Nunez, Hanover Area

Wilkes University Upward Bound Class of 2022

Commonwealth Charter Academy: 

Eleanor Punko

Hanover Area:

Layla Burleigh

Odesia Griffith

Veronica Nunez

Megan Ralston

Holy Redeemer:

Abigail Grula

Derek Kasmark

Christian Leon

Skylar Voytko

Nanticoke Area:

Abigail Gadomski

Rebekah Rowles

Sarah Vick


Emily Whitesell

Pittston Area:

Kayleen Dolan

Biagio Manganiello

Sarah Yatison

Wilkes-Barre Area:

Emily Aguilar Cruz

Natalie Bailey

Lanashia Blyther

Litzy Castro

Brianna Davidson

Anthony Elms

Selena Evertz

Jonathan Flores

Jackoy Gayle

Felix Gonzalez

Gary Kogoy

Christopher Kopiak

Denny Mizhquiri

Jenny Nguyen

Kimberly Onofre-Aragon

Christian Rivera

Daniel Rowe

Jordyn Snow

Ryu Torres

Aniyah Vital

Wyoming Valley West:

Sandy Ortiz

Nevaeha Racine

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