The Gear Up grant was awarded to Sumter School District for the Class of 2024 in 2018. The College Support Specialists began working with the class of 2024 in 7th grade, and will continue to provide support and services to prepare them for academic success, high school graduation, college acceptance, and through the freshman year of college.

Gear Up Summer Camp Schedule

All 9th grade parents please take the following survey by clicking on the link below:

Parent Survey

All 9th grade students please take the following survey by clicking on the link below:

Student Survey

Registration for Gear Up Summer Programs for rising 10th graders will begin May 20, 2021. Scan the QR code or click this link if you are interested. 

Gear Up Summer Program Registration


SHS Gamecock Gear Up College Support Specialist Team:

Audrika Gadson 

Earned a bachelor’s degree at Charleston Southern University, and a master’s degree from Troy University. She has 5 years of experience teaching high school mathematics. As part of the Gear Up grant, her goal is to inform and educate students on different post-secondary educational opportunities. She is very passionate about building relationships with her students and their families.

Cynthia McDuffie

Earned a bachelor’s degree at USC in psychology, is certified in Career Development, and Project Based Learning, and has over 15 years of experience in career counseling, including higher education. She is excited about the opportunity to help students achieve their dreams and prepare for post-secondary education.

Michelle Davis Parker

Earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from South Carolina State University and was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. She has twenty-five years of experience in business and community service, as well as five years teaching in the computer lab at Lemira Elementary. Now, being part of the Gear Up Team, her goal is to use all of her resources, knowledge, and abilities to help motivate students and families to reach their goals.

Awareness and 
Readiness for

We are asking all 9th grade parents only! To please join the Class of 2024 Band app! This app will contain all virtual links for upcoming events. We will also post reminders about upcoming events and school programs.