AC student receives statewide award for persistence in ESL classes

AC student receives statewide award for persistence in ESL classes

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.

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