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Restaurateur takes first graduation walk at Gordon

By Kay S. Pedrotti A beaming Debbie Adamson took her first graduation walk last week when she received an associate’s degree in human services from Gordon State College. Adamson, 51, is the proprietor of Slices Pizzeria on Main Street, where she managed to spend about 70 hours a week and still keep a 3.2 average for her four classes. ’I studied a lot at the restaurant, too,’ she said. ‘That first walk was a momentous event for me ‘“ I quit high school.’ ’I’m not ashamed to let everyone know drugs and alcohol interfered with my life plans for 33 years, starting in eighth grade. I’ve been drug-free and alcohol-free since 1995 so now I can go ahead with my plans, whatever I want to do.’ She said her experience as a late-in-life student is a good way to encourage others. She plans to return to Gordon this fall for a bachelor’s degree. ’Everyone should know it’s not too late,’ Adamson said, ‘by my example if nothing else.’ Adamson is well known in the community for support of the Trojan athletic program, Buggy Days, Relay for Life, BBQ & Blues, animal rescue organizations and other good causes. She is a Rotarian and a former business woman of the year.

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