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Rachel Terhune: I made it!

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

February 16, 2009

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - A legally blind, home-schooled Terrell County woman is soaring above the rest when it comes to education.

19-year-old Rachel Terhune is one of only 37 people to receive an EAGLE Award in Georgia. That stands for Exceptional Adult Georgian In Literacy Education.

Students in adult education programs are selected based on their hard work and ability to stand out as they obtain their GED's. Taking her GED class at Albany Tech was a little tough for Terhune because of her visual impairment but she says it was worth it.

"I felt very honored. It was a very neat moment for me," said Terhune, "I had a little bit of a struggle because of the regular sized print and I think it might have taken me a little bit longer but I made it."

Terhune plans to study spanish and accounting in college. She wants to teach spanish in an orphanage in Honduras.