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Lanier Tech students nominated for GOAL Award

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OAKWOOD - Instructors at Lanier Technical College (LTC) nominated 18 of their students for this year's Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition, according to Jennifer Pulliam, coordinator for the college's GOAL program.

The names of the 14 who are still in the running and more information about them are listed below. Pulliam said Thursday four of the original 18 nominees had dropped out of school "for personal reasons" since their nomination.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.

"The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today's global workforce," said Pulliam.

A screening committee of administrators at Lanier Tech will review each of the instructors' nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students. After the nominees have been ranked, four finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the Lanier Technical College GOAL winner for 2013.

The four finalists will then take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee of representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students' qualities like academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college's GOAL winner and move on to the regional competition. Then three from each of the three regions will make up the nine regional finalists, who will be named in April at the state GOAL conference in Atlanta. The nine regional finalists will then move to the state level and compete for the title of state GOAL winner.

The student who earns the state GOAL winner title is also have the responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. To make that travel easier, the winner also receives a new car from Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia's GOAL program.

The 18 Lanier Tech nominees are:

Sonia Ramirez of Gainesville and Yuliana Yebra of Gainesville (both in Business Administrative Technology at Oakwood Campus), Dorian Ward of Cumming (Accounting Technology at Forsyth Campus), Nicki Smith of Dawsonville and Julianna Marin of Woodstock (Clinical Lab Technology at Oakwood Campus), Darren Smith of Gainesville (Drafting Technology at Oakwood Campus);

Kelsey Alsup of Cumming (Dental Hygiene at Oakwood Campus), Daniela Carey of Gainesville (Early Childhood Care and Education at Oakwood Campus), Sarai Aguayo of Cumming (Network Specialist at Forsyth Campus), Chalie Yimer of Stone Mountain (Clinical Lab Technology at Oakwood Campus), Laura James of Dawsonville (Horticulture at Forsyth Campus);

Desere Bereded of Stone Mountain (Clinical Lab Tech at Oakwood Campus), Valerie Dowdy of Monroe (Medical Assisting Technology at Winder-Barrow Campus) and Kyle Oliver of Cumming (Accounting at Forsyth Campus).
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