Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
WTSS holds G.E.D. graduation
Twenty-nine West Texas State School students recently celebrated the completion
of their G.E.D. requirements with a graduation ceremony held on Aug. 2.
WTSS assistant superintendent John White and Principal Kenneth Engle presented
G.E.D. certificates to the students, who crossed the stage dressed in traditional
caps and gowns. One of the students received his High School Diploma.
White congratulated the students on their accomplishment and encouraged
them to continue to "choose to succeed." A cake and punch reception was held
following the ceremony for the more than 100 students, staff, families and
guests in attendance.
According to the Texas Education agency, the G.E.D. test is a rigorous
70-hour battery of five tests consisting of writing skills (including a 200-word
essay), social studies, science, literature and the arts, and mathematics.
These tests measure the student's ability to understand and apply information,
to evaluate, analyze and draw conclusions, to solve problems, and to express
ideas and opinions in writing.
WTSS teacher Brad Miller, teacher's aides Mary Helen Vasquez and Elvira
Garcia, secretary Lois Muro and some of the G.E.D. graduates spent many long
hours decorating the gym and fireplace room for the event. The West Texas
State School Community Advisory Council donated funds earlier in the year
to purchase decorations.
West Texas State School is a facility of the Texas Youth Commission, serving
over 240 delinquent male youth.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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