CONGRATULATIONSMary Gascon, a Lusby, Md., jeweler and recent graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, was named an Outstanding Distance Education Graduate for 1994. The Distance Education and Training Council annually selects individuals who have graduated from U.S. learn-at-home programs to be so honored.While working as an anesthetist, Gascon decided to pursue a career in the jewelry industry. After moving to the Solomons Island area of Maryland, Gascon and her husband Ken opened the Solomons Mines jewelry store. "GIA home study education enabled me to become a G.G. without having to leave my current profession as an anesthetist," says Gascon.Gascon uses her GIA education to teach classes in the store and has become a member of the local business association and chamber of commerce. She travels to third-world countries as a member of the Washington Heart Foundation, and visits

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