More than 50 students earned the right to walk down the aisle of the W.E. Knox Civic Center June 12, and the excitement of their friends and family who packed the auditorium created an atmosphere full of celebration.
State Rep. Allen Freeman spoke to the students about the importance of using their GEDs to continue to open doors in their lives.
“In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, ‘Git ’er done’,” Freeman began. “What you have demonstrated by receiving your diploma is responsibility, dedication, and perseverance. Now you are better equipped for an incredible world, and before your careers are over, you may be working in jobs not invented yet.”
The representative gave the examples of the end of the whale oil industry and the transition of the country when the first oil well was drilled, carburetors to fuel injected engines, and vinyl records to CDs.
“These are a few of the hundreds of examples of how technology changes every day. Use your education to your advantage and take your knowledge to the workplace,” he said.
Freeman also challenged the students to give back to their community.
Students received congrat-ulations from EAGLE (Exceptional Adult in Georgia Literacy Education) Ambassador for the Central Georgia area, Willie Spikes. The ambassador represents seven counties and challenged the graduates not to let receiving their GED be the end of their pursuit of education.
“I’m a seasoned person and I know sometimes it’s hard, but go on with it,” Spikes said.
Scholarships to Central Georgia Technical College were awarded to four students at the graduation. Francis Adams of CGTC presented scholarships to Edward Marziglian and Glendale Moorehead for having the first and second highest scores on the GED test.
Mell Merritt presented Sherrie Evans a scholarship from the Rotary Club, and Denise Brooks presented Melissa Brock with a scholarship from Security Bank of Jones County.
Evans challenged her classmates.
“I lost my job nine months ago, but after receiving my GED, I’m not only employed; I have completed my first quarter at CGTC,” she said.
Jones County AEP teacher Evelyn Hill said this has been one of the best years for the program, and she is appreciative of the continued community support.
“We have been challenged, and we have had fun. Some of you are going to college, some to the military, and some to work, but all of you are moving forward,” Hill said.