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Persistence pays off for attorney
David Kemp
Age: 55
Occupation: First Assistant County Attorney, Potter County Attorney's Office.

Where did you receive your education?
High School: McCallum High School, Austin; Southwestern University, Georgetown; Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas; Juris Doctorate, University of Texas School of Law.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
From an occupational standpoint, my legal education prepared me to do what I do today. In general, education is a big part of my life because I have other interests besides my day job and I love to learn about those areas.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I worried a lot about keeping my grades up in undergraduate courses so I would be accepted to law school. The solution was persistence and a lot of work.

What is the value of your education?
A good education makes you want to continue to learn for the rest of your life. That's very important in every profession these days.

What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing their education?
Study something that interests you. Then you'll want to learn.

When did you make education a priority?
I knew in high school that I would have to go to undergraduate school and beyond to do what I wanted to do with my life.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I was fortunate in that my parents always encouraged my education.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I'm sure there were times I thought about it, but once you get through, you forget about those times. A lot of people helped and supported me along the way, for which I am grateful.

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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