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Woman Gets G.E.D. At 77

       A Gladewater woman proves it is never too late to do what you want to do in life,  finishing her education 62 years after leaving high school. She quit school in 1947 to get married, but for the past 6 months, 5 days a week Rosa Sapp has been studying for her G-E-D, at the age of 77.

    "I finished the 11th, got married had 3 kids never thought about it. And I thought hey before I die I'm going to get my G-E-D" Sapp says.

      Her motivation was just to get a part time job. Sapp was informed this morning that she passed her test for her G-E-D, 62 years after she last attended a high school class.

    "I could hardly walk, but I almost jumped up. I got my G-E-D finally. I did not finish school , and I thought at my age why not, it won't hurt to study, its tiring , irritating , but if you persevere you'll get it" says Rosa.

    "I was impressed with miss Rosa, she inspired my whole classroom" says Rosa's teacher , Monica Kajstura.

    Sapp began studying at the Kilgore college adult education center in Gladewater , in spite of persistent health problems.

    "I had a heart valve, bypasses , back surgery and hip surgery since 2002" says Sapp.

    Her she looks at problems a different way now, there are no barriers , unless we make them ourselves.

   "Its never too late , not until they throw the dirt on your face, its never too late" Rosa says.       

And Sapp is not done. She's currently studying to take college level courses. Bob Hallmark reporting/bhallmark@kltv.com .

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