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In the Spotlight

This space highlights members who have achieved academic success. You will find bios of scholarship recipients and students who received a 3.0 or higher in the most recent semester. Congratulations to all!

Yvette Coil 2009 Graduation

Yvette Coil:

I started attending classes at Kent State in the fall of 2004. I received my GED almost 18 years ago, and I was an employee at the university for two years before I decided to start taking classes myself. I heard about the opening of the GED Scholars office in 2003, while working as a secretary in the Provost's office, and I thought it was great that Kent State supported those who were GED recipients. Initially I took one or two classes a semester while I worked full-time but now I am attending school full-time. I was intimidated with going to college, I never thought I'd have this opportunity or that I was smart enough for college. Since the start of my student career I have been on the dean's list each semester. It's my personal goal to do the best I can in whatever I do. My major is Applied Conflict Management and I expect to graduate in May 2009. I couldn't have done it without the support of my husband and my two teen aged kids. I can't forget about the support I've received from the GED Scholars program, from the study room to the staff to the scholarships. I forgot to mention I have been fortunate to have twice received a GED Scholars Scholarship and also funds for the purchase of books from the Book Scholarship funds that GED Scholars sponsor. I am so grateful that this program is there for us, GED recipients, and that we have a group of people who genuinely care about our success.

Editor's Note: Yvette graduated from KSU in the summer of 2009 and is now employed by the Cleveland Mediation Foundation.

Danielle Wilson and children 2009 GUS Picnic

Danielle Wilson:

My name is Danielle and I am 23 years old. I am married to a wonderful man named Fred who works at Polymerics. We have four precious children; a four year old girl, Makayla, a three year old boy, Skyler, and two 15 month old identical twin boys, Jaiden and Kaiden. Needless to say, my life is not easy, but well-rounded.

When I returned to school, I was enrolled into the Ravenna Even Start program for parents who need help in getting their GED. I was at a third to fifth grade academic level and it took me almost a year to finally earn my GED. I am grateful to have been enrolled in a center that was able to give me the time and dedication I needed to succeed.

They also had fun activities like parenting classes, holiday parties, and book giving every month to the children. There were also incentives given out like gift cards to Wal-mart for things such as perfect attendance, completing parenting articles, and completing set goals for the month. It was a positive experience that opened the door for me to hear about the GED Scholars Initiative program here at Kent State. I never thought my dream would actually become a reality.

Being a part of the GEDSI has been helpful because if I need information or do not know how to retrieve it, there is always someone who can help me out. Having the extra support has made my transition into college much easier. There have been numerous times that I wanted to give up, but somehow there is always someone there to push me to keep moving forward. I am sharing my story with you because I believe if you truly want to succeed, you can do it. No matter what the situation might be, if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. I am living proof of that.

Editor's Note: Danielle earned a GPA of 3.15 for her first semester at KSU!