GED graduation honors 174

Volunteers, ESL and citizenship students also recognized

One-hundred-seventy-four Southeast residents earned their GED in 2013, SERRC reported, and in doing so joined the organization’s GED Hall of Fame.

Many of the GED grads were honored at the annual Celebrate Success GED Graduation on May 15, led in the processional by the City of Juneau Pipe Band. The ceremony also recognized The Learning Connection volunteers, ESL and Citizenship students.

SERRC executive director Sheryl Weinberg welcomed graduates, honorees and supporters, with Juneau City and Borough Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl presenting the commencement speech and Connie Munro representing the GED Alumni Association.

GED student speakers were Kailarae George and Peter Kwang, who recently were interviewed by the Juneau Empire about their paths to success.

TLC instructor Matt Carpenter presented Ida Barnack with an award for being named Volunteer of the Year and Premila Wilkinson was recognized as English Language Student Speaker of the Year.

University of Alaska Southeast financial aid advisor Janelle Cook presented GED graduates Destiny Madewell and Nicholas Vonda with UAS scholarships; Darlene Yeisley received a vocational/technical scholarship; and Kate Prussing and LaVina Van Sickle presented Laura Bados and Andrew Williams with A.S.K. awards.

After closing remarks from Weiberg, Lyle James led the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group in a celebratory dance.

The event was sponsored by Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and Holland America, with flowers donated by Glacier Gardens, Martha’s Flowers, Miss Scarlett’s and Safeway.

For more on SERRC and TLC, visit SERRC.org.

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