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Georgia Author Peggy Mercer to Speak at OTC Adult Ed Graduation

Okefenokee Technical College will hold its Adult Education graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 7 p.m. in the Waycross Middle School Auditorium in Waycross.

Graduates from Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware Counties will be participating.

The guest speaker for the occasion is Peggy Mercer, a renowned author and teacher.  Mercer was born and raised near the Satilla River in Coffee County and enjoys a Thoreau lifestyle.Peggy Mercer

She earned her A.S. degree from South Georgia College, where she was a yearbook editor and newspaper feature writer. Mercer also holds a B.F.A. in Speech Communication from Valdosta State University as well as the Masters Degree in Science from Florida State University. 

In addition to working for schools and public libraries in South Georgia, Mercer spent ten years as owner and teacher of four Georgia mandated adult education drug and alcohol behavior change centers that used a program called Prime for Life through the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse departments.  Through this program, Mercer has taught over 5,000 students.   

Mercer has been a newspaper columnist for the Douglas Enterprise, a past contributor to worldwide magazines and newspapers and an award winning, charter member of the Georgia State Poetry Society, as well as a member of Georgia Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America and the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists.

She is a member of SCBWI, Broadcast Music Industry--featured in “Songwriter’s Connection” with Kim Copeland, Nashville, Tennessee--and is a frequent speaker to schools and assemblies.  Currently, she teaches from her home in a private learning center called The Fish House.

The public is invited to join OTC President Gail Thaxton, Peggy Mercer, OTC faculty and staff, and family and friends of the graduating students in recognizing the graduates for their achievement.

Mercer's children's books, Ten Cows to Texas and her new book set in WWII, There Come a Soldier, which has been nominated for a Georgia book award, will be available for autographing and purchase by the author following the graduation ceremony.  For more information, please call Cindy Tanner, 287-5829. 

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