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Lee teen overcomes tragedy to win ATC award

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A strong and motivated Lee County teenager won Albany Technical College's EAGLE award. EAGLE stands for Exceptional Adult Georgians in Literacy Education.

10 students from several south Georgia counties were nominated by their instructors based on their academic progress, character, and perseverance.

17-year-old Keonna Tumblin won the judges' heart with her speech. She told of how she was in the middle of getting her GED when her 10-month old baby died of Pneumonia.

She stopped going to school for two weeks, but mustered up the strength to continue. Now she wants to serve as a role model to others who experience some kind of tragedy.

"I basically wanted to motivate everyone and show them no matter what obstacle you can still move forward, and don't give up."

In February Tumblin will attend a leadership conference with all the other technical college winners around the state.

She plans to attend classes at Albany Tech starting in January to become a dental assistant.

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