Front row, from left, are Melissa Klopschinski and Russell Bannister. Middle row, from left, are Susie Berry, Kaycee Walden, Ashley Hill, Rachael Waldrep, Sherri Karr, NGTC Instructor Mona Williams, Heather Wells and Nicole May. Back row are, from left, Andrew Fountain, Ty Hinson, Zack Gilliam, Conley Sosebee, NGTC Instructor Dustin Emhart, Jedidiah Wilson and Daniel Hill.
The North Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Clarkesville and Blairsville chapters recently competed in various contests and networking events at the PBL National Conference in Baltimore, MD earlier this month.
Two new national champions, siblings Daniel Hill and Ashley Hill, were crowned from NGTC in the Financial Services category, beating out 90 contestants from across the country.
“Competing at nationals was a huge honor for me,” says Daniel Hill. “It’s a chance to not only represent NGTC, but to be able to say you’ve competed against some of the most prestigious colleges in America. As far as being national champions, all I can say is that my sister (Ashley) and I are very fortunate. We are beyond blessed and I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Students competing were Susie Berry of Cleveland, Rachael Waldrep of Blairsville, Heather Wells of Copperhill, Tenn., Nicole May of Blairsville, Melissa Klopschinski of Blairsville, Sherri Karr of Ellijay, Daniel Hill of Rabun Gap, Ashley Hill of Dillard, Kaycee Walden of McDonough, Zack Gilliam of Blairsville and Ty Hinson of Mineral Bluff.
Ty Hinson and Zachary Gilliam placed ninth in Management Analysis and Decision Making, competing against both technical colleges and universities.
The Parliamentary Procedure Clarkesville team placed eighth and was comprised of members Ashley Hill, Susie Berry, Daniel Hill and Kaycee Walden. The NGTC Blairsville team was ninth and included Sherri Karr, Melissa Klopschinski, Nicole May, Rachael Waldrep and Heather Wells.
North Georgia Technical College is the first technical college in the state of Georgia, and is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. Its main campus is in Clarkesville, with additional campuses in Toccoa and Blairsville. For more information, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.