AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo College student received statewide recognition on May 6 for her persistence in English as a Second Language classes.
Khanhthong Sidara enrolled in ESL classes at AC hoping to just improve her language skills a bit.
Sidara quickly succeeded in the program and her hard work paid off.
“I only finished the fifth grade in my country and people there told me that if I didn’t finish high school or college, I’ll never make it. I think now I can make it,” said Sidara.
The Thailand native was the recipient of an ESL Student Persistence Award, courtesy of the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education as well as a $500 check.
“At first, I just wanted to learn English to communicate with my children’s teachers or doctors, but then I thought that if I can pass ESL, then maybe I can pass the GED,” said Sidara.
Sidara is halfway through the requirements for a GED and hopes to complete the process by next fall.