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Education means success
Lane Gilbert
Age: 31
Occupation: Financial adviser

Where did you receive your education?
Randall High School and Oklahoma Christian University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Education has opened many doors for me. I wouldn't be with Edward Jones today had it not been for my education.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Deciding on a major and sticking with it. At 18, it was hard for me to say, "I want to do such and such for the rest of my life." When I was 18, I thought that I wanted to be a doctor. However, after a couple of science classes, I decided that being a M.D. was not for me. It's hard for any 18-year-old to look 20 to 30 years in the future and say, "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life." My mentors and they all suggested that I had a business-oriented mind, and I couldn't go wrong with a business degree.

What is the value of your education?
Priceless.

When did you make education a priority?
In college.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My dad made me work on a hot tar roofing crew during summers when I was in school. I knew that I didn't want to work that hard for the rest of my life.

Did you ever think of quitting? What made you keep going?
Sometimes it's hard to envision a four- to five-year plan to get your education. However, when you realize ultimately your future depends on it, you just keep pressing on to the goal.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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