Each year GED Testing Service recognizes several recent GED graduates for outstanding achievement with the GED Graduate of the Year award.
This year’s winners are from California and Colorado, each with their own inspirational journey to earn their GED credential. This award, presented during GED Testing Service’s Annual Conference held July 25 through July 27 in San Diego, recognizes students who recently earned their GED credential and displayed exceptional dedication and scholarship during the preparation and testing process.
Each winner received a $1,000 scholarship for post secondary education. Here’s a look at this year’s winners with excerpts from their nominations.
Trinh H., Garden Grove, CA
Lincoln Education Center
Trinh arrived in the United States from Vietnam in April of 2017 at the age of 20. He spent his first summer independently studying English at home determined to go to school in the fall. Five months after his arrival, he enrolled in GED and ESL classes at Lincoln Education Center. While continuing with these adult education classes, he enrolled in a college writing preparation course at Coastline Community College.
Trinh completed his GED, earning exceptional scores in math and science and plans to attend college to major in chemistry. His ultimate goal is to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.
“Trinh has made a great impact in our program in just one year. All of his instructors beam with pride when sharing his accomplishments,” said Yesenia Flores, a high school equivalency instructor at Lincoln Education Center, in his award nomination. “He has been an example to the students in our class, a genuine role model; they see that earning a GED takes diligence. I am absolutely sure Trinh will succeed wherever he applies his efforts.”