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Claire Armstrong Selected As EAGLE Winner for OTC

Claire Armstrong has been chosen to represent Okefenokee Technical College at the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute February 9-11, 2011. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This exceptional 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.

Ms. Armstrong attended the OTC adult education program in Brantley County and graduated in October 2010 as the valedictorian. Criteria for the EAGLE Award includes categories measuring character, attitude, attendance, leadership, personal appearance, and community activities.Claire Armstrong

According to Armstrong’s instructor, Sheryl Trammel, “Ms. Armstrong is a hard worker and a fast learner. She sets goals for herself and strives to complete them, and she is not afraid to take risks to accomplish her goals.”

“As her GED instructor, I was able to assist her in the first step toward this goal,” states Trammel. “She was not satisfied to merely pass, but wanted to gain all the knowledge possible during and after class.”

“She was a role model student in that she placed a high priority on her education, attended regularly, and stayed focused while in class,” continued Trammel. “As Claire neared completion of the program, I mentioned to her that she may be the next valedictorian due to her high Official GED Practice Test scores. When asked if she would be willing to accept that honor, she gladly said, ‘Yes! I already know what I want to say at graduation!’”

She did, in fact, graduate as valedictorian of the OTC adult education program on October 21, 2010.

Claire grew up in Rockville, Maryland, and recently moved to Georgia. She has a two-year-old son, Tyree, and is engaged. After completing her GED, she moved to Waycross. She plans to enroll at OTC in the auto mechanics program.


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