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Adult Education Honor’s Banquet Held

The theme of the 2008 Brantley County Adult Education Honor’s Banquet, “Hooked on Education,” added color and meaning to the annual event held this year on June 12, 2008, at the Nahunta First Baptist Church Social Hall. The décor for the banquet included fishbowls containing live goldfish as table centerpieces, strings of paper fish with a graduate’s name on each fish, fishhooks and fish net. The poster centered among the paper fish read “Catch of 2008.”Brantley Honor Banquet

The event feted 22 of the 58 graduates of the Brantley County program, 16 of whom are honor graduates. The Brantley County Family Connection organization, along with the Okefenoke REMC, sponsored the memorable evening.

Gary Strickland, chairman of the Advisory Committee for Adult Education, welcomed the graduates and guests and expressed his appreciation to Mrs. Peggy Justice, the Brantley County Adult Education instructor, for her work.

Reverend Randy Cason, pastor of Nahunta First Baptist, gave the invocation. Then graduates and guests enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Edgewood Cottage Catering.

Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC President, expressed her gratitude to the advisory committee members, Mrs. Justice and Mrs. Tucker, and others who support community improvement through education. Thaxton said that she loved the theme for the night. To the graduates, she said, “I hope that by going through the adult education program that we have put a “learning” hook in you so that now you may grow and continue to learn and build on the strong foundation that you have.”

Andy Brannen, VP for Economic Development, and Pete Mills, Director of Adult Education, both shared their appreciation for the Adult Education staff, the GED graduates, and the Adult Education program, as a whole.  

Carolyn Parramore, a student in the program, delivered a witty, uplifting message to the graduates through music; she changed the words to a popular song using phrases such as “Fishin’ to Learn,” “Fishin’ for education.” Her wit and charm brought smiles.

Several graduates and former graduates shared their success stories with the audience; each one praised the program and thanked Mrs. Justice and Mrs. Jeanette Tucker for their endless help and encouragement. Mrs. Justice presented each speaker with a gift basket.

Mrs. Justice then called all graduates in attendance to the front to receive a fishhook, a Helen Exley Giftbook, Timeless Values, and a “Hooked on Learning” bookmark. Special guests also received these gifts from Justice and Tucker.

There were several special guests in attendance. Among them were Brantley County Adult Education Advisory Committee members: Gary Strickland (OTC Board Member), Dot Hickox, Cathy Jacobs, and Laura Kelley (director of Brantley County Family Connection). Other special guests included Bobby Creech, Regional Education Coordinator in the Office of Adult Literacy (Atlanta), Sheriff Robert Thomas and his wife, and Magistrate Court Judge Jeff Thomas and his wife.

OTC staff in attendance included OTC President Gail Thaxton; Andy Brannen, VP for Economic Development; Cindy Tanner, Public Relations & Information Director; Pamela Farr, VP for Administrative Services, Peter Mills, Executive Director of Adult Education, and Gloria Ruth Rollins, Assistant for GED Testing.

Brantley County Adult Education graduates were recognized recently at the annual honor’s banquet for accomplishing a milestone in their lives. Standing (L to R): Peggy Justice (instructor), Cade Herndon, Matthew Dykes, Pete Crosby, Clifton Flener, Wendy Crews, Elsie Bertoli, Faye Jordan, Michael Aaron, Kenny Wilds, Michael Brasiel, David Sparre, James Lyons, Nick Altamirano, Angela Martinez, Terry Sawyer, and Jeanette Tucker (instructor).
Seated (L to R):  Carl Morgan, Cody Douglas, Whitney Brooker, Ryan Miller, Leah Carroll, Tosha Parsons, and Matthew Morgan.


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