GEAR UP hosted its second annual recognition banquet and signing ceremony on Friday evening in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center at USU Eastern.
Students from Carbon, Emery, Lighthouse, Pinnacle and Green River high schools were recognized for their enrollment in the program, as well as students graduating from GEAR UP, students of the month, student scholars and students of the year.
During the awards, the Region 9 Student of the Year was also recognized. Carmen Villalba from Lighthouse was selected to attend a conference in Washington D.C. this summer as the Region 9 Student of the Year, beating out other GEAR UP students from throughout the state of Utah.
The night came to a close with graduating students declaring what they plan to do after graduating from high school and participating in a signing ceremony. Students signed and promised to continue their education in the fall at various colleges and universities around the state.