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32 local students graduate from Lanier Technical College
GED graduation
These 32 Forsyth County GED graduates were among more than 700 from the northeast Georgia area to participate in Lanier Technical College's GED graduation ceremony Aug. 21 at Free Chapel in Gainesville. - photo by Submitted
More than 250 students from across northeast Georgia participated in Lanier Technical College’s GED graduation Aug. 21.

The keynote speaker at the graduation was U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, who addressed an audience of more than 1,200 at Free Chapel in Gainesville.

A total of 788 students in seven counties received GEDs this year.

Among the Adult Learning Center graduates were 32 from Forsyth County.

The local graduates earned more than $5,500 in scholarships. Among them were:

• Marissa Schmit, who received $100 from William Stewart of Cobalt Systems and Literacy Forsyth.

• Jerry Higgins, who received the Jimmy Henderson Award of $300. The award is in memory of Henderson, one of the founders of the local Adult Literacy Program.

• Brittany Bailey and Patricia Choquette each received $2,500 scholarships from the South Forsyth Rotary Club.

• Omar Clarke, Ashley Manlick and John Osses were each awarded $95 scholarships from the club.

The Forsyth County Adult Learning Center offers free classes to prepare for the GED examinations.

The next registration for GED classes will be Sept. 21.

The center is in Room A 250 at Lanier Tech’s Forsyth campus, 7745 Majors Road.

For more information on the Adult Learning Center and its services, call (770) 781-6987 or e-mail