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April 2020

ASUN Adult Education student #1 in Arkansas

Two Arkansas State University-Newport Adult Education students scored in the top 25 on the Arkansas GED exam for the 2019 testing period. Not everyone's educational journey looks the same, even those seeking a high school diploma. That is why ASU-Newport provides a diverse catalog of educational opportunities including Adult Education. 

Bladen Pippinger, of Jonesboro, scored the highest out of the 3,327 students who were awarded the Arkansas High School Diploma in 2019. 

Ariel McCormack, of Jonesboro, placed in the top 25 scorers tieing for the 21st best score in the state.

ASUN commends the Adult Education Faculty and Staff for being among the best in the state when preparing students to excel. It is because of this success in the classroom these students will be able to achieve new educational milestones. John Kelley, Director of ASUN's Adult Education Program, praised his faculty and the dedication of these students. 

"We are delighted for two of our 2019 high school equivalency diploma graduates to have earned statewide recognition," Kelley said. "Both Bladen and Ariel attended classes with faculty members Debbie Carwell and Nancy Crumbaugh. Thanks to each for their dedication to completing their diploma through ASUN Adult Education. I want to express congratulations to our students, and kudos to Debbie and Nancy for providing quality instruction; because of them, each of these adult learners finished their diploma in less than 90-hours of classroom time."

Traditionally, the Department of Workforce Services and the Adult Education Section/GED Testing Program recognize the top 25 scorers on the GED test with a special ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Little Rock. That ceremony was slated for April 22, 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19. 
For more information on ASUN's Adult Education Program click here.