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Parents encouraged marketing director

Angela Knapp
Age: 54
Occupation: Director of marketing and development, Lone Star Ballet

Where did you receive your education?
University of Oklahoma.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
As a young dancer, my skill and the structure of the art determined my life plan and defined my character. My parents always encouraged me to pursue my education and knew it would pay off in the long run. The key is to find a degree that truly interests you and make it fit into your life plan.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I found a way to incorporate my performing aspirations with a good education. A little research showed me the path to take and I would not change a thing today.

What is the value of your education?
It enhances your potential, values and future. Going to work every day doing what you love and being respected for the knowledge you acquired in college and beyond is rewarding beyond measure.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Do it! It isn't necessarily the subject of the degree that matters, it's just that you get one. In today's competitive business world a degree is pivotal to life successes.

When did you make education a priority?
As a performer, it would have been easy to work in the entertainment business. Do you realize how many starving artists are still working and waiting for that big break? In the meantime, those with degrees are making a difference and doing something of value.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I think a college education comes along at just the right time in a young person's life and prepares them for bigger and better things.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I never even considered quitting or slowing down once I graduated from high school.

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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