KLTV news anchor will speak at GED Graduation Ceremony June 8
The Kilgore College Adult Education Program will hold its annual General Educational Development (GED) Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 8.
The ceremony is set for 7 p.m. in Dodson Auditorium in Kilgore for students who have earned their GED diplomas during the past year.
Anissa Centers, KLTV news anchor, will be the commencement speaker.
Co-valedictorian Melanie Walters of Kilgore will give the welcome, and Samuel Essary of Gladewater, co-valedictorian, will give the valedictory address.
The KC Adult Education Program, directed by Bobbie McGee-Benson, is headquartered at KC—Longview, but has 25 other sites in three counties.
More than 600 students have earned their GED diplomas during the past year through KC, although only a portion of them have chosen to participate in the commencement exercises.
Adult Education meets a variety of student needs, including GED preparation, job-training assistance, college preparation, English as a Second Language and general life improvement skills.
This will be the college’s 14th annual GED graduation ceremony.
The public and the media are invited.
Beckville: Elizabeth Faulk
Big Sandy: Jessi K. Dean
Gilmer: Chelsea F. Cottingham, Scott Freudenburg, Jessica Paige Gibbs, Alanna Gray, Alicia Gail Tadeyeske and Marcus Ward
Gladewater: Samuel Essary (co-valedictorian), David F. Jones, Devin Kelly, Andrew Ulmer and Clarence D. Woods
Hallsville: Jason R. Lauer and Keyanna M. Lewis
Henderson: Heather Haydock and Amethyst Smith
Kilgore: Shandrika Allen, Jasmine Izaaguirre, Rachael E. Mooney, Christie Torress, Melanie Walters (co-valedictorian) and Jessica Verdin
Longview: Eduardo Alonso, Ruangrong Barclay, Lilia Benitez, Danelle M. Blackburn, Annette Brown, Lloyd Bumbard, Frankie Cardoso, Samitra Lynette Christian, Royce Colliflower, Veronica M. Del Rio, Amber Dortch, Clarisa Gutierrez, Angela James, Taneeka Jones, Maria Juarez, Preston King, Amanda Kramer, Sarah Malik, Tesla Mendoza, Cristina Patricia Paz, Stafon J. Reece, Michelle Ann Sanchez, Sasha Stenson, April Winegart and Regina Wobberton
Marshall: Sandra Clendenny and Vernon Hutchinson
Ore City: Cornelison Coleman and Nicole Daniel
Overton: Tanya Deitz, Bridgette Eubanks, Kayla Frazier, Eric Garbutt, RuthAnn Leah Pedersen, Pedro R. Ponce, Lara Dawn Wallace, Zachary Wheeler and Derrick Wilmet
White Oak: Casey A. Patterson and Jose Salazar
About Anissa Centers:
Centers is a native East Texan (whose award-winning career has taken her all over the Southeast. She most recently anchored the news at WSB-TV, the number one station in Atlanta, Ga. Before that she was the primary evening news anchor at WALA-TV in Mobile, Ala. She covered nearly every hurricane and tropical storm to hit the region from 1996 until 2007, including Hurricane Katrina. Her work during Katrina convinced the Alabama Associated Press to name her the Best News Anchor in the state. During one period of time, she won that award three years in a row. During her career, Centers has done live reporting for CNN and interviewed former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. “All of that was exciting but it pales in comparison to how great it feels to come home,” Centers said. Centers said she should have known she missed home and would, most likely, return when she decided to paint her family's entire rec room to look like the Texas flag. Centers was born and raised in Longview. She married her high school sweetheart, Reggie Centers. They have three children.
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