MOULTRIE -- Carlos Sanchez and Casey Conger will represent Moultrie Technical College in an adult literacy competition Jan. 19-21 in Atlanta.

Four finalists from preliminary competitions in the Adult Literacy Program at Moultrie Technical College competed Friday to see who would be the college's Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) participant.

Each student who competed Friday at the Moultrie Tech main campus on Veterans Parkway was either a student or a graduate of Moultrie Tech's General Education Diploma (GED) program. Sanchez is a student and Conger a graduate.

Sanchez and Conger beat out GED student Adriana Gomez and GED graduate Jesus Cerezo. Sanchez and Cerezo attend GED classes at Moultrie Tech's Tifton campus, and Conger and Gomez attend classes at the college's Industrial Drive campus.

Brad Knox, lead adult literacy instructor at Moultrie Tech, said the competition consisted of a three- to five-minute prepared speech to a panel of three judges. The judges would then ask the contestant a total of three questions, and they were scored based on their responses and overall presentation.

Contestants were given a list of potential questions that the judges could ask them, Knox said. Those questions covered topics such as the value of adult literacy, each person's personal and career goals, their community involvement, focusing on positive aspects in their lives and their image of the EAGLE program.

Unlike previous competitions, Knox said a total of six judges, representing both campuses, held simultaneous competitions for the GED students and GED graduates.

Knox said the purpose of the EAGLE program at Moultrie Tech is to "spotlight the importance of adult literacy and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in Georgia."

Conger said getting this far has taken a lot of hard but rewarding work, and she is ready for the state competition. She said it has been difficult to maintain her education, a full-time job and being a part of Moultrie Tech's nursing program, but the whole experience with the EAGLE Program has been fun.

Sanchez said he feels "so glad" to be named the winner of the college's EAGLE competition. He has a great amount of personal satisfaction knowing that he was chosen to represent the adult literacy program at the state level.

Should Sanchez or Conger win the state's EAGLE competition, Knox said the winner in each category will receive a $2,005 grand prize. The teacher who nominated the state winner will also receive a prize of $250. The competition will be held at the W Atlanta at Perimeter Center in Atlanta.

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