LITTLE ROCK - From immigrants to inmates, teenagers who have yet to start a career to those in midlife or mid-career, GED® high school equivalency test highest scorers celebrated at the State’s Capitol Rotunda. Of the nearly 3,500 test takers in Arkansas last year, the top 25, accompanied by their families, friends, and GED® instructors were present to be honored.
Honorees were celebrated for their accomplishment and encouraged to continue on their path of personal development and to build on the foundation they have received. “This is just the beginning,” said Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director for Adult Education, before vowing the State’s support. “We are here for you.”
Raven Leggett of Eureka Springs scored the highest on the GED® test in the state last year. Leggett has big aspirations for her future. “Ideally, I want to go into evolutionary and behavioral biology, probably working in the field as a conservation biologist. I would also like to be in a place where I could influence legislation that's being made and have a little bit more of a say in things like that.” She has already worked in Africa, doing data research in Kruger National Park in South Africa and training to be a nature guide and tracker.
Although this is not the first student Nancy Wood has had that has made a top 25 GED® score, Leggett is special to her. Wood, a full-time instructor for North Arkansas College at the Carroll County Center in Berryville, has known Leggett since she was a child. Leggett’s academic success and her drive for excellence are not surprising to Wood. “We are so proud of Raven,” said Wood. “But I am not surprised because she is gifted, driven, has plans for her future, and she independently makes things happen for herself. She had already decided on the path that she was going to take when she came to our program.”
For Leggett, and many others honored today, the GED® is a significant milestone in their journey.