ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Tech Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership GOAL student of the year was announced today at the Albany Rotary meeting.
It came down to 2 finalists with extraordinary stories of achievement.
Jerri Jarrell graduated high school, but dropped out of college to take care of her family, but started again as she realized she wanted more from herself for her family.
James Tillman dropped out of high school at 17 and says he was lazy just played video games and didn't have a goal.
Tillman says it was encouragement from his mother that changed his mind about his future and he earned his GED and is studying graphic design.
James Tillman says she really urged me to continue my education, to go back to school and really make something of myself. I'm glad she did because it's been a great thing for me.
Jerri Jarrell says If I wanted to have a life not only for me but for my child I needed to finish I needed to push forward.
Jarrell became valedictorian and is working on her nursing degree. She received a 26 thousand 5 hundred dollar check from Devry University.
Jarrell will compete in regional's later this month and State in March in Atlanta.