Student stories tell of obstacles overcome to reach education - February 19, 2009

Record Number: 4805
Displayed from: Feb 19, 2009 , until: Feb 28, 2009

Heartfelt stories from seven of the 344 students celebrating the completion of their continuing education program will be the highlight of the graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. The students being recognized completed their high school programs between January and December 2008. Students will receive a GED certificate or high school diploma during the ceremony at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. The Literacy Alliance will host a reception prior to the ceremony from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the lower level ballroom of the Scottish Rite Center. The Adult and Continuing Education program at Anthis Career Center serves students from ages 17 to 94, many of whom have endured educational and personal struggles on their road to graduation. Among those speaking Thursday are: Bryant Lockett will share his story of overcoming fears to earn his GED at Anthis. Aziz Elmansouri, from Morocco, successfully completed his English language studies at Anthis and continued taking classes to earn his GED last spring. Shantell Hess was encouraged to earn her diploma through FWCS Youth Life Skills after leaving high school and becoming a new mother. Rosalie Trigg will share how belief and perseverance helped her earn her GED through the Literacy Alliance. Akin Young will tell his "Against All Odds" story of how he earned his GED at 23. Dale Tassler came back to earn his GED through Anthis after being out of school for 35 years. Sulina Kanwar, an immigrant from India, was motivated to earn her GED after being unsuccessful finding a job in her new country.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.