ANC Adult Education Graduation
Arkansas Northeastern College's Adult Education class received their Arkansas high school diplomas Thursday, May 22, at the Melody Theater in Leachville.
The Adult Education class of 2014 had 13 graduates with six participating in the ceremony Thursday. Among the graduates were husband and wife Casey, 35, and Angela Besharse, 34, of Monette. Mr. Besharse was presented with an award for outstanding score in social studies and Mrs. Besharse an award for outstanding score in literacy.
"We are excited to graduate with honors," the couple said. "We have done everything together in the 19 years we have been together. We are glad we were able to do this together too and our children get to see us graduate. We want to thank our teachers and the staff for their support."
Both Mr. and Mrs. Besharse plan to attend college. Also present was Ty Orris, who won awards for writing skills, outstanding score in literacy, outstanding score in math and outstanding overall score. Orris has a job at Atlas. Graduate Dimitri Cavazos won the award for dedication and perseverance in reaching his goal and he also plans to attend college. Graduate Tiffany Whillock won the award for achieving success by overcoming obstacles and graduate Courtney Craine won the award for most favorite presented by the other students. Both Whillock and Craine plan to attend college.
The speaker for the night was Beth Thompson, adult education coordinator for ANC. Thompson explained that as of December 2013 the GED is no longer a pencil and paper test. She explained that Pearson Vue is the new computerized delivery system for the GED test in Arkansas and follows the Common Core curriculum. Among the graduates but not present is Sydney Wagner, 16, of Manila, who is the first at ANC to take and pass the new computerized test on the first try.
"This graduating class tonight is unique," Thompson said. "Half of the graduates took the old test and half the new. Tonight is about our graduates and the hard work they have done to accomplish their goal. We are here to help them not only get their high school diploma but to set a new goal after that."
Thompson said another change that became affective Jan. 1 is the GED is no longer free. It now cost $4 to take the official test but there are some options in taking the practice test including registering for adult education classes. Those interested in getting their GED can visit the adult education link on the ANC website, call the ANC main campus to be directed to a center in their area, or call the Leachville Center at 870-539-2393.
Graduates not present were Cody Woodall, Seanmicheal Gomez, Sydney Wagner, Malori Graddy, Cassandra Jutte, Bryan Riddle and Joe Long.
"We are proud of all of our graduates," Thompson said.
Adult education instructor Susan Robinson presented the awards including an award to Chapter AC PEO president Marti Robertson. Chapter AC PEO provided the music and refreshments for the graduation ceremony. Adult Education staff member Candie DePriest presented the diplomas.