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Jamie Belcher, Distinguished Student of the SPOKES Program, speaks at the Adult Basic Education graduation ceremony last Tuesday at Pineville Middle School.
Jamie Belcher, Distinguished Student of the SPOKES Program, speaks at the Adult Basic Education graduation ceremony last Tuesday at Pineville Middle School.
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A graduation and recognition ceremony was held Tuesday evening for the Wyoming County Adult Basic Education Program.


The ceremony took place at the Pineville Middle School auditorium.


Del. Linda Phillips, the keynote speaker, spoke about eight life lessons she had learned.


Tough times lay ahead, she observed.


“If you’re going to do anything worthwhile, you’ll go through periods of self-doubt,” Phillips remarked.


Not everyone makes the world a better place, she noted, but she urged the students not to make it worse.


“Don’t try to be great,” she commented. “The less you think about being great, the more likely it is to happen.”


David Lord of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College explained that the school could help the graduates find scholarships and financial aid.


Jamie Belcher was named the SPOKES Distinguished Student and Samantha Campbell was honored as Student of the Year.


Samantha Colegrove was the ABE Student of the Year.


Ron Mayhew, ABE instructor, was honored for his work and presented with a clock.


Shawn Cook pointed out that, since Mayhew has been in the program, Wyoming County ABE/SPOKES has had at least 30 students graduate each year.


“Some programs don’t have 30 students a year,” Cook said.


“He’s lit fires in many (students),” stated Cook.


“You did it,” Mayhew told the assembly. “I didn’t.”


Assistant Superintendent of Schools Deirdre Cline helped with the presentation of diplomas.


A reception was held at the school after the ceremony.


John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

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