Adult Education Student Highlight
Lake Region and Fryeburg Area Adult Education is proud to highlight one of our recent, and very successful students, Anthony Engelhardt.
Anthony’s story is not unlike a lot of our students. He dropped out of high school as a senior, and just didn’t do much of anything for a couple of years. Other people had told him about adult education, and he made a decision to find out more about it. He contacted us for some direction and support to earn his high school diploma. He enrolled in our HiSET diploma equivalency program and worked hard with our academic instructors to prepare for his exams. He did more than pass the tests – he ended his high school career as an honor graduate, receiving college and career ready scores on all five HiSET exams. Those scores are quite an accomplishment, as the HiSET is a rigorous set of 5 exams in reading, writing, math, social studies and science.
He continued working with our College, Career and Academic Advisor, Rhonda Jacobson, and when I asked Anthony about his experience with our program, he was quick to respond. “Rhonda was honestly the biggest help to me out of anything. Getting me ready for my HiSET, graduation, helping me get into college really quickly. I just texted her and she was right there ready to help me get my financial aid sorted out. She helped me set up all this today. You know? She’s done just so much, and I don’t think I could have done it without her.”
Anthony was awarded a $500.00 scholarship at graduation from the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region by Rotarian Erin Nelson. She and fellow Rotarian Julie Forbes presented the check to him this week, He has successfully completed his first semester at Southern Maine Community College which is a requirement to receive the scholarship. He is pursuing a major in cyber-security at SMCC, and already is seriously considering continuing in this field at a 4-year university.
Lake Region and Fryeburg Area Adult Ed is committed to help students like Anthony pursue their goals and dreams. Please call us if you need support finishing or continuing your education or workplace training. 627-4291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet some of our remarkable students!
To commemorate this very special occasion, our staff recorded their thoughts and comments about our students and these words were read during the commencement ceremony.
CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes for the very best in all your future endeavors!
“It was a joy to observe Russelie’s metamorphosis from a person who just wanted to graduate, to a scholar who had goals to succeed in both college and life. With her advanced reading and writing skills, she will embrace an exciting world of knowledge to be discovered. She is a good listener and analyzes each situation, so she can write and speak with clarity. She scored College Ready on 4 of her tests. She is enrolled in college for the fall and will work towards a major in Communications and New Media.”
“Davynn might win the award for the student who made his way the fastest through the HiSET.
He started during the pandemic closure and worked seamlessly through all of his tests earning College Ready scores on 4 out of 5 tests.
Davynn plans to continue on to Hofstra University this fall.”
“Emily is incredibly creative, which is obvious both in conversation and in her writing compositions. She is was able to score college ready on 4/5 of her tests while working full time. Emily plans to do some traveling prior to beginning her post-secondary education.”
“Michaela worked diligently on her HiSET every week without fail, even toward the end of her pregnancy. She is extremely artistic, has a green thumb, and is an amazing mom to six- month-old Theo. She enjoys learning, smiles all the time, and exudes humility and patience.”