HCC Student Scores High on GED

published December 5, 2011HCC Student Scores High on GED

HCC Student Scores High on GED


Sabetha native Daniel Strahm recently received notice that he is a recipient of the 2010 National Award for Outstanding Achievement on the Tests of General Educational Development (GED) from Educational Testing Service.  The GED is commonly used as an equivalency for high school graduation, and Strahm had one of the top 75 scores in the country.  He is now a student at Highland Community College, and the College’s GED director, Mary Johanning, noted that his score was the highest in Kansas and is a real tribute to his knowledge, preparation, motivation, and perseverance.

When Strahm was set to graduate from his high school homeschooling, he was undecided on his college plans.  Knowing that he needed to take the GED to receive a Kansas High School Diploma, he found out that if he did well on the GED, he would be eligible to receive a scholarship when he enrolled at Highland.  Consequently, he decided that if he earned that scholarship, he would go to the College.  Otherwise, he was ready to look for a job.

Strahm’s scores earned him the Highland scholarship, and he began taking classes in the Fall of 2010, a decision he is glad he made.  “Learning and working at Highland has been an immensely enjoyable and rewarding experience.  I am now a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education.  Through teaching, I hope to share my love of learning with others,” said Strahm.  He is already sharing that love of learning as an academic tutor at the College.  “The same attitude of hard work and enthusiasm that helped me pass the GED has served me well in college.  Regardless of what four-year college I will transfer to next year, I will be eligible for a transfer scholarship that will pay for a large part of my expenses.”

Based on his experience, Strahm offered this advice to others:  “It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you are in life, how much money you have, or what level of education you have attained; it’s not too late to get a high school diploma or attend college.  GED made it possible for me, and can for you as well.”

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