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Smart choices led to lucrative work
Mark Reeves
Age: 49
Occupation: Certified Financial Planner/Investment Advisor - Cornerstone Financial Advisors

Where did you receive your education?
High School: Yoakum High School, Yoakum. College: Sam Houston State University, Huntsville. Other: College for Financial Planning, Denver.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
It helped me develop a discipline that I can carry over to my profession.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I was a collegiate athlete (track and field) which took a lot of time and this made studying more difficult. To overcome this challenge, I met with friends (who) held me accountable during the season.

What is the value of your education?
Priceless. It is a confidence builder!

What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing their education?
Continued education is vital to a person's future success in most cases.

When did you make education a priority?
My parents were instrumental in helping me see the value of being well-educated.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I observed the people in my life (who) were struggling financially, and I realized that their lack of education was the reason for their struggle. Our choices all play a part in our ability to succeed. Most often, education is the way to achieve success.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I never thought of quitting because I knew that having success would require a lifetime of learning. In our fast-paced world, it is important to learn something new every day. I strive to learn something new in my profession every day.

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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