More than 500 participants of nine Upward Bound programs around the state converged on Montgomery earlier this month to take part in the statewide Upward Bound Olympics. Competitors from the programs vied for honors in basketball and swimming, pictured, as well as such events as flag football, moon ball, tennis, mathletics and chess. According to the U.S. Department of Education website: “(Upward Bound) provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.... The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.”

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