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GED RECIPIENTS HONORED
IN TAYLORSVILLE CEMEMONY
(Sisters receive GED Certificate at Catawba (CVCC) - Five sisters from
one family recently participated in a ceremony recognizing GED gradu
ates. The proud graduates are (left to right) Cynthia Bolick, Linda Jonas,
Sandra Bolick, Geraldine Fox and Teresa Hefner.)
It was an evening of comeback stories. Not athletic comebacks, but
comebacks of spirit and self-esteem.
Forty-six persons who had earned their GEDs in the past year
marched in caps and gowns to receive their certificates Thursday,
July 30, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
hour of the graduates spoke at the ceremony, sharing the stories
of their struggle and success in obtaining a hign school equivalency
Linda Jonas spoke for herself and four of her sisters, who all
graduated at the ceremony onThursday. Mrs. Jonas, the eldest of
eight diildren, dropped out of school when she was 16 to take care of
her siblings so her mother could go back to work.
She later married a minister and raised five children. Her husband
died three years ago, and she realized then that she needed to get a
job. She found it difficult to get a job with no work experience and
without a high school diploma.
One of her sisters convinced her to study for her GED. The five
sisters shared their strugqies as they worked toward their GED. They
knew their goai was attainabie, since their brother Mark Pope had
eariier earned his GED.
The sisters recognized that night included: Cynthia Boiick, who
actuaiiy earned her GED one year eariier; Sandra Boiick, Ger^dine
Fox, and Teresa Hefner.
"My mother begged me (not to drop out)," Mrs. Jonas said. "I toid
her atthattimethatifthe day overcame when I regretted my decision,
i wouid find some way to get my dipioma." Smiling at her nrother in
the audience, she said, "Weil, Mama, I kept my promise."
Mrs. Jonas said her experiences proved to her, "You're never too
oid to iearn, and never too old to go back to school."
She added, "If you want something badly enough, no matter what
the circumstances, you can do it."
She concluded by addressing her youriger sister Pam, who had
encouraged her sisters to study for the GtD but who has not yet
passed all the GED tests. Thank you," she said. "We'll be here next
year at your graduation."
Other graduates who spoke at the ceremony included: John
Treadway, who recounted how he had battled drug and alcohol
addiction as well as studied for his GED. "I'm trying to turn my life
around, not only education-wise—but spiritually,'' he told the crowd.
Rebecca Byers, who worked two jobs while studying for her GED.
She graduates the same year her son graduates from Alexander
Central High. "I have always felt people who graduated were better
than myself," she said." I can see clearly now—they were better off,
but not better." Wade Bumgarner, who worked many years as a
logger and truck driver until two years ago when a log rolled off a truck
onto him. Disabled by the accident, he realized he could no longer rely
on physical strength to get a job. HereturnedtoearnhisGED21 years
after he dropped out of high school. He now plans to enroll as a college
student at CvCC.
The graduates were addressed by Ray "Flap" Chapman, Mayor of
Taylorsville, who congratulated them on their determination and
willpower in getting an education.
During the ceremony, the student with the highest GED test scores
was also honored. This student, designated the honor graduate, was
Margaret Allen, CVCC
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Thanks to those who contributed news and helped:
Bobby Anderson, Florence Taylor - NCDCC; Ken Boham-Wake
(WTCC); Debra Harlow - Piedmont (PCC); Sandy Heitt-Giacobbi
(CCC); Ann Lanier, Cape Fear (CFCC); Margaret Allen - Catawba
(CVCC); Janet Means, Richard Anderson - Randolph (RCC);
Judith Smith, Dean Franklin - Haywood (HCC); Gtoria Horne -
Durham (DTCC); Sandy Thompson, Jeanette Evans, Arleen
Oldham, Ron Johnson, Ivory Barbee, Bill Smith, Donna Baber,
Kathryn Porter, Keith Stanley, Betty Stafford - Alamance (ACC)
(Editors Note: Rememberourtwo Assistant Editors? Where are
they now? Kim Caraway was busy having baby, Brittany Nicole,
and war correspondent, Candace Howard was taken captive by
the enemy! No help therel)
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