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Studying overcomes test anxieties
Richelle Cruz

Age: 41

Occupation: Licensed vocational nurse, Home Care Connections

Where did you receive your education?

Clayton High School, Clayton, N.M.; Frank Phillips College, Borger.

How has your education played a role in your life today?

It has opened doors and given me opportunities I would not have had without an education.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?

Anxiety when it came to taking tests. I overcame the challenge by studying very hard and my faith in God.

What is the value of your education?

Priceless. I received a sense of accomplishment by continuing my education.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?

To stop and evaluate the situation because an education can bring many exciting opportunities to a person's life.

When did you make education a priority?

When I reached the age of 25.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?

When I stopped and looked at what my parents had accomplished and I noticed what they had been successful at.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?

I did think about quitting, but with the help and encouragement from my parents and a teacher, Allen Carter, I had to continue on. What kept me going was that I knew I could succeed.

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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