Mary Byron Named EAGLE Student of the Year

December 16, 2013

Mary Byron
Vice President for Adult Education, Alvin Payton; Mary Byron; Valdosta Mayor John Gayle; and Jeff Fulp of ERCO Worldwide and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber. Kaylynn Grace Myers and Mary Bryon Kaylynn Grace Myers and Mary Bryon

Valdosta, GA— Mary Byron has been chosen to represent Wiregrass Georgia Technical College as the 2014 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Student of the Year. EAGLE is a statewide program that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. The award was announced on December 10 at a reception sponsored by the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and ERCO Worldwide. This was the 17th annual event to honor an adult education student from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Mary enrolled in the Wiregrass Adult Education Program to prepare for the GED® exam after facing unemployment. She had been in the food service industry for more than 20 years. She is an active part of her community of Lenox often volunteering for various cancer awareness events. She is a member of the Certified Literate Community Program and the Adult Education Advisory Committee. Upon completing her GED, she plans to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Wiregrass. She is married to David Bryon and they have four children. Upon accepting her award Mary stated “many times people cannot help their situations or circumstances and they are unable to finish school. The Adult Education program provides individuals just like me an opportunity at a second chance to obtain an education. I believe the Adult Education Program is committed to meeting the needs of adult learners, by helping them to improve their skills in reading, writing, and math. Without this program, I would not be able to pursue my dream in obtaining a degree in Culinary Arts.”

Victor Hernandez
Victor Hernandez

Mary will attend the Georgia EAGLE Leadership Institute March 25 - 27, 2014 in Atlanta. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual EAGLE Leadership Institute. The other two finalists for the award were Kaylynn Grace Myers of Lowndes County, and Victor Hernandez of Coffee County.