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Jessica Lynch to speak at WVSU's Annual Leadership Summit

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The Upward Bound program at West Virginia State University is hosting the Annual Leadership Summit Saturday, Sept. 14. The event begins at 9 a.m. in Wallace Hall. High school students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of higher education topics, from preparing for college to finding scholarships.

The day will also include a luncheon and keynote address from Jessica Lynch. A West Virginia native, Lynch is a former Private First Class in the U.S. Army and a former prisoner of war. She was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in 2003 after being injured and held captive by Iraqi forces for nine days. Her rescue was the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II.

"She is an excellent role model who has overcome every barrier placed before her and prevailed," said Barbara Cary, director of the Upward Bound program at WVSU. "Our students can take a page from her book and reaffirm their commitment to hard work and excellence in pursuing their dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, or any other profession that they would like to attain."