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Shore Students Earn Diplomas through Chesapeake’s Adult Ed

Graduates overcome obstacles, meet goals

Thursday, June 06, 2013


Adult Education instructor Arnetta Freeman congratulates two of her students, Dezirae Harrison and Cheri-Anne Marshall, during the recent Adult Graduation Program at Chesapeake College. 

WYE MILLS – Keynote speaker Ed Silver advised the 53 graduates of Chesapeake College’s Adult Education Program on June 4 to keep taking small steps.

"That first small step can be the beginning of a great journey," Silver, a career educator and supervisor of Kent County Public Schools, told the graduates.

The diploma recipients ranged in age from their teens into their 50s. Chesapeake’s program has teachers in a variety of locations in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot and Wicomico counties.

Graduate Rosa Barrilas of Ridgley had to work through the English as a Second Language program before she could earn her high school diploma. The next step, she said, is finishing Chesapeake’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program.

"I wanted to do this because doors open when you get a diploma," Barrilas said, adding that now she has earned her diploma, her supervisor has offered to pay for her CNA classes.

Many graduates said they returned to school to improve their job opportunities or to set good examples for their children. Many also have future education goals such as obtaining occupational certification or eventually earning a master’s degrees.

"I just wanted to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks," said Harry "Chuckie" White, a 54-year-old boat captain from Rock Hall.

The Spring 2013 diploma recipients were: Jacob S. Allen, Marctavius Anderson, Ashley Antonio, Rosa Barrilas, Michael Breeding, Shawn Brown, David Citroni Jr., Jessica Collins, Carla Cooper, Zachary Dickerson, Kamerigh A. Downes-Rich, Tara Emory, Nathanial Ennels II, Janet Ervin, Tyler Fornwalt, Ashley Ford, Amie Glanding, Nicole Gondock, Helena Harmon, Dezirae L. Harrison, Ta’China Hawkins, Lily P. Hill, Sylvia Hough, Walton Jacob, Matthew Jenkins, Aaron Jones, Brian Kelly, Cheri-Anne Marshall, Dwayne Miles, Jeremiah Miller, Richard Morris, Joshua Morrison, Derek Nepert, Tyler Parks, Vincent Riddick, James Reed, Robert Shaner, Robert Showell, Joshua Shyman, Lakisha Simpson, Steven Smith, Kenneth Stanley, Teresa Thompson-Watkins, Andrew Thurman, Odette Torchon, Michael Truitt, Jacqueline Underwood, Kamil Vencil, Shelly Vongohren, Harry White, Deveda Winslow, Emily Womer and Tiffany Zurek.

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