Thursday, February 11, 2010
Megan Tate receives recognition
Potts Camp native Megan Tate was selected as one of 37 distance study graduates for recognition by the Distance Education and Training Council for year 2010.
A recent high school graduate, Tate enrolled in Hadley School for the Blind that provides coursework to people who are blind or visually impaired, their family members and professionals working in the blindness field. Hadley’s allowed Tate to study at her own pace and work one-on-one with instructors over the Internet.
A Southern gospel music singer and writer, Tate is also enrolled at Liberty University in Virginia where she studies theology. She is pursuing a career as a fiction writer and singer.
Almost completely blind since birth as a four-month premature neonate, Tate began study at Hadley in 2003 at age 14.
“Hadley has taught me skills I can use in my daily life,” Tate said. “The courses fueled a new love for learning that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from high school and my diploma means the world to me.”
Tate was selected by Hadley for recognition by the Distance Education Training Council in its 2010 picks of outstanding graduates. DETC selects exceptional students based on their academic record and quality of their contributions to society and their chosen profession. She graduated from Hadley in June 2009 and attended graduation ceremonies in Chicago, Ill.
In her January 21 blog, Tate reveals her surprise at being chosen as the only blind person out of the 37 honored.
“There are over two million distant education students from member high school and college programs across the nation,” she said. “So it was amazing to hear I had been selected. What I found ever more fascinating was the fact that I am the only visually impaired student in the book....I hope to use this honor to hopefully encourage others to pursue their dreams.”
Tate has balanced a busy career as a soloist for community and church events and making her first CDs with her school work. To inquire further about how to invite Megan to sing at an event or to purchase a CD or DVD, visit her website, www.megantate.com.
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