Nearly 100 Saline County residents will celebrate the completion of their GED
through the Saline County Adult Education Center at a graduation ceremony on
Friday, June 13.
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Pulaski Technical College's Little Rock-South site at 13000 Interstate 30 in Little Rock. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that will follow.
"They have worked very hard toward this milestone, and we are exceptionally proud of our graduates this year. We want recognize their achievement," said Yvonne Dougherty, director of the Saline County Adult Education Center.
Two of this year's 97 graduates were among the top 25 scorers in the state. Of the 8,688 Arkansans who took the GED Test, 7,528 passed the test. Kiowa Adams of Benton scored the highest in the state with a near perfect score of 778 out of 800. Sarah Zabrinski tied for the 14th highest score in the state. Both Adams and Zabrinski were honored last month at the Arkansas 2014 GED Awards Ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Of this year's graduates, 22 scored high enough to receive a full-tuition GED scholarship to attend Pulaski Technical College this fall.
Adams plans to attend PTC this fall, and he will be the student speaker at the GED graduation. PTC student Jeremy England, who completed his GED at the center, will be the guest speaker. In keeping with tradition, each graduate will receive a rose to present to a family member, friend or teacher who has made a difference in his or her life.
Guests will include Rep. Kim Hammer of Benton; Robert Holt, director of Let Our Violence End (LOVE); and Dr. Margaret Ellibee, president of Pulaski Technical College.
Pulaski Technical College operates the Saline County Adult Education Center located at 16936 Interstate 30 in Benton at Exit 117. The center offers General Educational Development (GED) preparation, basic skills, English as a Second Language, and computer literacy programs for residents of Saline County and the surrounding area.