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Country music star Waylon Jennings is singing a different tune since gaining a high school equivalency diploma: "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be dropouts."

He enrolled in Kentucky Educational Television's "GED on TV" program last fall after talking about it with Martha Wilkinson, the wife of Gov. Wallace Wilkinson. He passed the exam in December after studying tapes on his tour bus.

Mrs. Wilkinson said Jennings was ecstatic when he had learned he had passed.

"I've got to admit, I don't think I've ever talked to a teen-ager more excited," Mrs. Wilkinson said. "He yelled on the phone, 'I really did it!' And it actually was a yell."

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