Jessamine adult ed student scores third highest in social studies GED

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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“We’re always happy to see people pass the GED regardless of the score they got,” said Mary Newton, director of Jessamine’s adult education program. “But this young man is remarkable”

Michael Hager, 18, joined the adult education program in August. He passed his GED recently “with flying colors” and scored the third highest in the Commonwealth on social studies.

Before taking the GED, Hager took the test of basic adult education – a benchmark test that helps determine how a student should be placed in adult education classes prior to the GED.

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“When his scores came back, he scored higher than anybody I’ve seen in 23 years, including my staff,” Newton continued. “And that’s not to disparage the staff. I asked my colleagues in adult education throughout the state if they had ever seen a score like Michael’s, and they all said ‘no’.”

Out of 3,000 test-takers throughout the state, Hager holds the third-highest score for social studies. Currently, he is in the process of applying to Berea College. Superintendent Matt Moore sent the college a letter of recommendation for Hager.