May 20, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Herrin native and John A. Logan College graduate Ryan Presley was honored last week at the commencement service with the college’s “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” award.

Presley graduated Herrin High School in 1992, where he was recognized as valedictorian. He spent the next two school years at Logan on academic scholarship.

“When I think back to my entire education experience from elementary school to college, I am quite sure my time at Logan was the most rewarding,” Presley said. “The well-kept facilities made the daily routine through the building a pleasure. Even though the college was expanding, class sizes were still relatively small in comparison to those in larger universities. This gave me a chance to interact with the instructors when I had questions or concerns.”

Presley said instructors valued the opportunity to provide a more personalized learning experience for their students.

“The quality of education I received at JALC was second to none. Upon transferring to Saint Louis University in 1994, I was completely prepared for the rigorous coursework that led to my meteorology degree in 1996.”

Upon finishing his formal education, Presley was hired as a meteorologist by the National Weather Service in Paducah. He has now been there for 18 years.

Presley has earned a number of work-related awards over the years, including the Regional Excellence Award from the NWS Central Region Headquarters, and a variety of gold, silver and bronze medal awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce for exemplary service during significant weather events.

“I am now doing precisely what I had dreamed of as a child,” Presley said. “As for this ‘Distinguished Alumnus of the Year’ reward, I have many people and institutions to thank, one of which is John A. Logan. Achieving my dreams after attending a community college taught me the value of cost comparison. Sometimes, the best things in life are not always the most expensive. Going to Logan was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”