Isaac Thomason, Badger, was the recipient of the 2010 GED Testing Service National Award for Outstanding Achievement. Of the more than 6,000 people who took the GED test in the state of Iowa, Thomason achieved the highest score with an overall score of 3,870 out of a maximum 4,000.
The award was presented to Thomason before his wife and child at Iowa Central Community College's annual Advisory Board Banquet Thursday.
Thomason benefited from Iowa Central's adult literacy program at its Fort Dodge campus.
"It's not easy for students to come back and pass their GED," Ann Waynar, adult literacy coordinator, said. "And so to have a student who not only passed it but excelled and was the highest in the whole state of Iowa, I think that brings a whole lot of pride to Iowa Central."
She added, "We're just very happy for Isaac."
At the banquet, Thomason said he was motivated to earn his GED by the birth of his daughter.
"When I finally got my GED, I was filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment," he said.
Thomason also praised the adult literacy program at Iowa Central.
"The GED teachers were very friendly and put me at ease," he said. "I was amazed at how they helped each person one on one."
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