A legacy of Success; Upward Bound's class of 2015 Senior recognition Banquet

Emptied lockers. The signing of yearbooks. The farewells.  

For the Class of 2015, one four-year journey has come to an end and within a few months, another journey will begin. To honor the Upward Bound Senior Class, a banquet at Carmela’s at Macri was held to celebrate the successful completion of their high school careers as well as, Upward Bound. With a 100 percent acceptance rate and over $75,000 in scholarships (and counting), this senior class has shown a sense of determination and ambition that clearly shows they are Upward Bound


While Upward Bounds scholars were honored for their hard work, resilience, and academic achievements, parents of the senior class were also acknowledged for their commitment and support. 

This year, Upward Bound presented honor cords to the valedictorian and salutatorian of the TRiO Class of 2015. This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian are: Madeline Allin & Stefan Lula. 

Valedictorian, Madeline Allin is a graduating senior from John Adams High School. To say Madeline is an exceptional student would be an understatement. She recently graduated with the highest honors in the John Adams International Baccalaureate Program maintaining a 3.9 GPA. In the midst of maintaining her academic stride, Madeline participated in Drama Club, Rugby, and Upward Bound. Receiving over $10,000 in scholarships (and counting), Madeline will be attending Indiana University – South Bend in the fall.

Salutatorian, Stefan Lula is a junior graduating from the South Bend Career Academy. Having to attend junior and senior class workshops is surely a daunting task, but Stefan took on the task with excitement. In addition to his 3.78 GPA, Stefan is an Upward Bound participant, a budding engineer of CompTIA, a computer certification program, and actively assists with program patenting. Recently, Stefan placed fifth at the state robotics competition. Receiving a full-ride, Stefan will be attending Purdue University to major in computer engineering. Also, beginning next summer, he will be an engineering intern for Federal Mogul, a global manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products. 

Additionally, in homage and celebration of the late Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, the Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C Award of Excellence was presented at this year’s banquet. The Hesburgh Award of Excellence is presented to an Upward Bound scholar that exemplifies the core values and standards of dignity, diligence, dreams, and decency, as well as, social consciousness, integrity, scholarship, and faith.

This year’s recipient is: Anyjah Perkins. Anyjah is a graduating senior of John Adams High School.  Maintaining a 3.1 GPA, Anyjah participated in several leadership activities and organizations including the On the River Leadership Committee, John Adams High School Student Government Vice President, President of Health Careers (Student Government) at Ivy Tech, Girls Basketball and Track (placing in both city regionals and sectionals), Leadership Mishawaka, and many more. Last year, Anyjah was presented the superlative: Most Likely to Change the World. As she prepares to attend Indiana University – Bloomington as a GROUPS recipient, 21st Century Scholar, Black Expo, Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service, and NRC Scholarship recipient, we believe Anyjah is an exemplary example of Reverend Hesburgh’s legacy.

Bon voyage and cheers to a future of success and excellence!