Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur,
Anne Kaiser, Vice President of Community and Economic
Development at Georgia Power and Eden Sullivan.
Eden Sullivan, a first grader at Liberty Elementary School in Toccoa, celebrated with Gov. Brian Kemp recently at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon. Sullivan received honorable mention in the 2019 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the kindergarten through fifth grade category. She received a $50 scholarship check presented by Anne Kaiser, Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Georgia Power, during the luncheon on April 18, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.
Sullivan said she loves to draw, especially animals and may want to be an artist one day. She said she often draws foxes and trees with pencils, paints and crayons in art class. Sullivan, who used colored pencils for her project, managed to insert her favorite trees in her winning design, which also included trucks, tractors and planes.
Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. From Liberty Elementary School in Toccoa, Sullivan also represented North Georgia Technical College.
“The design contest exposes students to the rich diversity of career opportunities available in manufacturing, and it fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for how critical manufacturing is to the prosperity of their own local communities,” said Richard Warner, noted Georgia journalist and emcee of the event. “Now more than ever, we need to make young people aware that manufacturing is an area where they can express their creativity, and where their skills are rewarded.”
“We were so proud to have Eden’s work honored, and to have her represent our service area was very special for our college,” said Dr. Mark Ivester, President of North Georgia Technical College. “We had a record number of artwork entries this year, and to my knowledge, this is the first time our college has had a winner recognized at the banquet. We are very proud of Eden and thankful to her parents for encouraging her to enter the contest and attend the ceremony with us.”
The Governor’s Awards Luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 15 through 19. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes on Georgia’s economic growth. According to Gov. Kemp, nearly 9,802 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing 406,602 jobs and generating more than $22.7 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens. He noted manufacturing contributed more than $61 billion to the state’s economy last year.
This is the 25th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and Aprio.
Eden Sullivan and NGTC President Dr. Mark Ivester stand in front of Eden’s winning artwork.