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Dyarl Jackson Is OTC 2013 EAGLE Representative - Selected to attend EAGLE Leadership Institute

Dyarl Jackson was recently named the 2013 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta March 18-21, 2013.  The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

All area EAGLE nominees were recognized and celebrated December 4 at the Ware County Adult Education Center where Mayor Clarence Billups, OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert, and OTC Adult Education Executive Director Dr. Steve Pearce congratulated the honorees for their accomplishments. Those recognized were Cynthia Morgan (Brantley), Billie Jean Gilbreth (Clinch), Linda Gail Ryan (Pierce), and Dyarl Jackson (Ware).

On behalf of the city of Waycross, Mayor Billups presented a plaque to Dr. Deibert proclaiming December 2 - 8, 2012, as Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education week in Waycross. The proclamation called upon all citizens to congratulate EAGLE nominees and make others aware of the importance of adult education to the health and growth of the community. Mayor Billups also thanked businesses and community leaders who support literacy.

Following the presentation of the proclamation, nominees were presented with a plaque to signify their accomplishments. Dr. Pearce then announced Dyarl Jackson as the outstanding adult education student to represent OTC at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta.

Jackson attends the OTC adult education program in Ware County, where his instructors - Catherine Daniels, Teresa McDay, and Anna McCrea - recognized his exceptional attributes and nominated him for the award.  Criteria for the EAGLE award include categories measuring character, attitude, attendance, leadership, personal appearance, and community activities.  Jackson, along with the three other nominees, interviewed for the award.  
Although born in Orlando, Florida, Jackson has lived most of his life in Waycross, where he is active in his church. He plans to graduate from the adult education program in 2013 with a GED® and continue his education.

Jackson’s wife, Dominique, is enrolled in school, as well, and encouraged Dyarl to do the same. “The most important lesson that I have learned since being in this program,” states Jackson on his application, “is that I can achieve and be more successful in my life. I have learned to not give up.”

“Thank God I found this program so I can finish what I started a very long time ago and finally achieve this first goal in my education.”

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual EAGLE Leadership Institute.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.


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Dyarl Jackson is the 2013 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta March 18-21, 2013.  The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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As part of the EAGLE reception, Mayor Clarence Billups (left) read a proclamation declaring December 2 - 8, 2012, as Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education week in Waycross. OTC President, Dr. Glenn Deibert (right), accepted the proclamation plaque on behalf of the adult education program.

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OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (2nd from left) presented Dyarl Jackson with the 2013 EAGLE award after Dr. Steve Pearce (right), executive director of adult education, announced that Jackson had been selected for the honor. Cathy Daniels (left) nominated Jackson.

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Ware County adult education teachers Catherine Daniels (L to R), Teresa McDay, and Anna McCrea were on hand to congratulate Dyarl Jackson (center) when he was named Okefenokee Tech EAGLE representative.

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