Hannah Hadley 2020 EAGLE Winner

Technical College System of Georgia honors 26 adult learners with 2020 EAGLE Award

Hannah Hadley from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is named 
Georgia’s adult education student of the year

ATLANTA, GA—The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has recognized 26 adult learners with the 27th annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award for outstanding achievement in the state’s adult education program. Hannah Hadley, a delegate from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, was named as TCSG’s 2020 adult education student of the year.

TCSG State Board Chairman, Doug Carter and TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Adult Education, Dr. Cayanna Good, presented the awards during an event at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on March 11th.

“The 26 students that we are celebrating today are a testament to the transformative power that adult education has on thousands of lives in Georgia,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “Through hard work and determination, our 2020 EAGLE winners are improving their lives and making a lasting impact in their communities.”

The 2020 EAGLE Award winner holding a big check on stage
2020 EAGLE Winner Hannah Hadley

Hannah, who was selected by a panel of judges from business and education, will receive a full scholarship to the technical college of her choice. In addition, her fees and books will be paid for through a stipend from the Brenda Wise Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 in memory of Brenda Wise, a lifelong supporter of adult education.

Over the coming year, Hannah will travel the state as Georgia’s EAGLE ambassador for adult education, speaking to students, civic groups, legislators, and others about literacy and lifelong learning.

The runner-up for the adult education student of the year is Victoria Ida Nelson from Savannah Technical College. Winner of the “Spirit” award is Javier Nelloms from Atlanta Public Schools. More than 400 guests applauded the students for overcoming obstacles that once stood in the way of their education and then excelling in the classroom while preparing for their GED® credentials.

“Our EAGLE students are some of the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life,” said Dr. Cayanna Good. “When I hear their personal stories and the challenges many of them overcame to get where they are today, it’s a reminder of what’s possible when we come together to assist students in reaching extraordinary heights.”

TCSG’s EAGLE Award recognizes and honors students from throughout the state who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in TCSG’s adult education programs. Nearly 48,000 men and women took part in Georgia’s adult education programs last year. Each March, the local EAGLE winners are the guests of a three-day conference in Atlanta that ends with a lunch banquet in their honor.

The complete list of the EAGLE delegates for 2020 follows:

  • Sherry Ann Scaff, Albany Technical College
  • Lawrence Williams, Athens Technical College
  • Javier Nelloms, Atlanta Public Schools
  • Maya Smith, Atlanta Technical College
  • Malinda Winburn, Augusta Technical College
  • Emanuel Clark, Central Georgia Technical College
  • Denise James, Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Michael Lovett, Clayton County Public Schools
  • Robert Tyler Harper, Coastal Pines Technical College
  • Noah Thomas, Cobb County School District
  • Takara Thomas, Columbus Technical College
  • Brandon Dyer, Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Ruth Michael, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Gonzalo Martinez, Gwinnett Technical College
  • Farrah Smith, Lanier Technical College
  • JR Russell, Literacy Action
  • Vincent Sandlin, North Georgia Technical College
  • Christopher Fisher Horton, Oconee Fall Line Technical College
  • Makika Kelly, Ogeechee Technical College
  • Victoria Ida Nelson, Savannah Technical College
  • Minh Nguyen, South Georgia Technical College
  • Brittani Thompson, Southeastern Technical College
  • William Hendon, Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Angela Chouinard, Southern Regional Technical College
  • Katelynn Hendricks, West Georgia Technical College
  • Hannah Hadley, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

Mark D’Alessio


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