13 receive GEDs in 1st graduation ceremony

Randall Travis Hunt (left) accepts his diploma from Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools, during a GED graduation ceremony Friday evening, Jan. 31, at the Horace Mann Education Center, in Huntington. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Thirteen students who attained GED (General Educational Development) certification in 2013 received their diplomas during the program's first graduation ceremony, held Friday evening, Jan. 31, at the Horace Mann Education Center, in Huntington.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, addressed the graduates, urging them to continue their education at a college or vocational school. Jennifer Reeves, who was selected as the student speaker, reflected on the successes of the group.

During the ceremony, the local Optimist and Kiwanis clubs presented scholarships to graduates Debbie Fordham, Dorian Carnes, Austin LaCroix and Reeves.

Al Sims, a retired educator who has served as a volunteer GED tutor for seven years, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.

The 2013 graduates are Fred Aldred III, Aaron Campbell, Carnes, Lamona Crago, Fordham, Randall Travis Hunt, Adam Jordan, Austin LaCroix, Terry LaCroix, Scott Rakoczy, Reeves, Cristian Shepperd and Cody Quinn.

Recognized as honor students were Jordan, Reeves, Rosalie Lee, Deanna Oliver, Alyssa Renz, Cherri Scheidt, Roger Tackett, Byron Treece and Camarie Young.

The ceremony was hosted by the Huntington County Literacy Coalition and the Huntington County Community School Corporation.