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Making up for lost time

GED helps teenager get ahead of the game

He’s only 17 and graduating with a GED diploma a year ahead of his high school class. It’s quite a turnaround after being told he would have to take two extra years of high school to graduate.

“I missed a lot of school during my freshman year due to sicknesses,” Shiloh Beltran said. “The high school recommended I go for my GED because my record was already messed up, and I’d already failed some classes.”

After just a month and a half of General Educational Development preparation classes at the Durango Adult Education Center, Shiloh passed the five GED exams, earning honors on three of the five. He really enjoyed his time at the center.

“I liked the fact that they treated me like an adult,” Shiloh said. “If I was going to miss a class, I didn’t have to get a note from my mom. If I already knew the information, I didn’t have to take the class, I could just take the test.”

Now he’s headed to Southwest Colorado Community College on scholarship and looking for a job. His ultimate goal is to study computer science at a four-year college and go into designing role-playing games.

abutler@durangoherald.com

Shiloh Beltran freeruns. Enlarge photo

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Shiloh Beltran freeruns.

Beltran shows off his freerunning, or Parkour, skills on a wall along East Second Avenue. Enlarge photo

Beltran shows off his freerunning, or Parkour, skills on a wall along East Second Avenue.

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