Never doubt yourself was the message heard by the 2013-2014 graduates participating
in the 29th annual Hopkins County Adult Education Graduation ceremony held on July
18 in the Richard Byrnes Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus of Madisonville
Community College (MCC). Shannon Dzikowski, a 2009 GED graduate, shared her inspiring
and motivating story during the graduate address. It is okay to be scared but do
not let it stop you from going far in life . . . you will be amazed at the opportunities
that await you since you got your GED. A single mother of a 4 year old son who has
been diagnosed with autism, Dzikowski graduated with honors from MCC in May 2013 and
anticipates successful completion of her Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree with
a Human Services emphasis in December 2014 from Murray State University.
Graduates Laura Wright and Pablo de Los Santos were recipients of $500 Partners in
Progress Endowed Scholarship awards to attend MCC. Academic awards for outstanding
accomplishments were presented to:
Ronny Daugherty Mathematics
Wanda Mitchell Writing
Felicia Loney Science
Shawna Fugate Social Studies
David Fugate Reading
Kenneth Caraway Overall Academic Achievement
Cris Crowley, Director of Adult Education ACE2, shared, GED graduation is the event
our instructors look forward to and get excited about each and every year. It is our
opportunity to celebrate the successes and pay respect to the efforts of our graduates.
Many will be enrolling in college in the fall, and others have gained employment because
of earning their GED credential. It s their night to shine and celebrate and we are
honored and humbled to have been a part of their successful educational journey.
Since July 2000 to present date, more than 1,100 students have earned their GED through
the Adult Centers for Education Excellence (ACE2) Adult Education Program.
The 2013-2014 graduates are:
Pablo de Los Santos
Shaun Taylor Oldham