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PR director says 'knowledge is power'

Zack Wilson
Age: 29
Occupation: Public relations/development director, High Plains Food Bank.

Where did you receive your education?
West Texas A&M University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I always find myself relying on areas of my education I never thought I would use. Education helped me find my dream occupation.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Rushing through my daily educational activities. I would try to beat the clock instead of focusing on quality. I learned that taking my time and enjoying what areas I excelled in allowed me to focus more on the quality of my work.

What is the value of your education?
The skills and knowledge you can learn by continuing education will allow you to succeed in almost every area of your life. The old adage "knowledge is power" is certainly true.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
You will see the return on your investment through education. The knowledge will always be with you, and you never know when something you never wanted to learn will help you down the road.

When did you make education a priority?
My parents made education tops in my life from the start. By reading to me when I was a toddler, my parents birthed in me a desire to read, learn and advance my knowledge.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
In junior high school, we had a guest speaker who graduated from my hometown tell us his success story. He said the subjects he struggled with ended up being his greatest strengths. After that, I realized that even in my worst subjects that I could succeed. Today, the subjects I struggled with in school are now my biggest allies.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
There were times that I wanted to stop working hard and settle for the status quo. I found putting forth an average effort would only net me an average result. I knew I could do better and wanted more. This is what always helped me to get back on track.

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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