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Softball helped pay for schooling

Jackie Wieck
Age: 38
Occupation: Marketing coordinator, Amarillo Parks and Recreation

Where did you receive your education?
Frank Phillips College, West Texas A&M University

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education plays a large part in my life because it is a constant. Every day I try to learn something new. I love going to the different departments at Parks and Recreation and seeing what everyone else is working on, and how what I know could make their job easier.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge was staying focused. Once you get to college there is always something to do, or some place you need to be. Learning to prioritize what I needed to do and where I needed to be was key to my success.

What is the value of your education?
I can't put a price on my education. At Frank Phillips I used softball to help pay for college, and at WT I didn't have those funds. My parents knew how important my education was and helped me through my last few years of college.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
You should set goals and make your education the main focus. Knowledge is power, but be ready for hard work. In the end what you do with your education can be the greatest adventure you have ever been on.

When did you make education a priority?
Education has always been a priority to me. I love to learn new things. Even outside the classroom, I try to learn at least one thing new each day.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
With my current position, I talk to lots of people, and me being able to carry on an intelligent conversation with them is key to my success. I didn't realize how important my high school English classes were until I had to proof the Park Guide and Summer in the City publications.

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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