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Marietta Residents Finalists for Chatt Tech Award

Four Chattahoochee Technical College Students are in the running to becoming the college’s nominee for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.

Four Chattahoochee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Lucylle Shelton, coordinator for the CTC GOAL program.

Chosen as finalists were: 

  • Hillary Sommer of Marietta, Business Management, nominated by Rick Nelson.
  • Luana Oh Scienza of Marietta, Technical Specialist, nominated by Shari Szalwinski.
  • Patricia Wilson of Marietta, Interiors, nominated by Ginger Burton.
  • Christopher Rosson of Dallas, Technical Specialist, nominated by Nate Akins.

According to Shelton, a screening committee of administrators at Chattahoochee Technical College selected the four finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors. 

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 technical colleges as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions. 

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in February. In April, all college winners will come to Atlanta where the nine finalists—three finalists from each of the three regions—will be announced and compete at the state-level. One student will be named as the statewide GOAL winner.

"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," Shelton said in a news release Tuesday.

"The next step is for a panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community to interview and evaluate these four students and select one to be the college’s 2013 GOAL winner," Shelton added, referring to Chattahoochee Tech’s process. “The one judged most outstanding will compete in regional judging. Three finalists from that region will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2013 statewide GOAL winner.”

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car.

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