Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Award


December 13, 2012

Demesha Copeland, GOAL Winner

Four Wiregrass Georgia Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

Chosen as semifinalists are: Candace Dean, an Early Childhood Care and Education student from Morven; Doyle Dean, an Auto Collision Repair student from Morven; Sandra Sheppard, a Business Administrative Technology student from Ocilla; and Heather Wilson, a Drafting Technology student from Valdosta.

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 Regent College with technical education division.

The four semifinalists will participate in a second round of interviews in January. A panel of external judges will select the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College winner at that time. GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in February. In April, all college winners will meet in Atlanta where the nine regional finalists, three finalists from each of the three regions, will be announced and compete in the state level completion where one student will be named the statewide GOAL winner.

The four finalists for Wiregrass were selected after going through an interview conducted by an internal screening committee. WGTC instructors nominated 24 outstanding students to compete for the school’s GOAL title. The 2012 nominees included Electrical Systems Technology student Jose Martinez of Willachoochee, Automotive Technology student Omar Pardo of Fitzgerald, Practical Nursing student Felicia Wildes of Waycross, Practical Nursing student Kristen Whitley of Willachoochee, Health Information Technology student Amanda Fann of Douglas, Air Conditioning student Raleigh Due of Ray City, Surgical Technology student Chyrstal McDaniel of Adel, Business Management student Haley Radney of Valdosta, Accounting student Brooke Thomas of Valdosta, Practical Nursing student Rosella Harris of Lakeland, Marketing student Charles Repass of Valdosta, Design and Media Production student Bethany Bradley of Valdosta, Electrical Systems Technology student Grover Smith of Adel, Auto Collision student Timothy Carter of Hahira, Digital Media student Kelsy McGlockin of Nashville, Air Conditioning student Stephen Barnes of Valdosta, Accounting student Jamie Byers of Valdosta, Surgical Technology student Pamela Gilchrist of Valdosta, Medical Assisting student Lameika Jones of Valdosta, and Pratical Nursing student Joilyn Ryerson of Valdosta.

To learn more about GOAL or to be a business sponsor, contact the GOAL coordinators, Lydia Hubert at (229) 245-2460 or Angela Hobby at (229) 333-5365.